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The Perfect Place to Live

More than twenty lighthouse keepers and assistant keepers served at the Galloo Island Lighthouse from the time of its first lighting in 1820 until its automation in 1963. But the one who served the longest was Robert C. Graves, whose tenure spanned thirty years, first as an assistant keeper in 1903, then as the head [...]

By |2020-07-11T16:46:52-05:00August 24th, 2019|Lighthouse Blog Category|8 Comments

Lighting the Way by Land and Sea

Moose Peak Lighthouse (Mistake Island) Photo courtesy T.Bruce Jeffries and lighthousefriends.com. One day in 1905, the MacDonald brothers, both ministers, stood on top of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  As they scanned the island-laden coastline, Alexander suddenly slapped his brother on the shoulder and exclaimed, “Angus, what a parish this would [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:24-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

A Welcome Sound at the Lighthouse

American Shoal Lighthouse, Florida, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com   Lighthouses were not always the idyllic, romantic locations many have imagined them to be. Although some of us would welcome the peace and quiet of an isolated lighthouse, to many lighthouse keepers the solitude was depressing, boring and monotonous. Even when the keeper had a [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00June 24th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

A Lighthouse Mother and Her Castle on the Water

Rondout Creek Lighthouse, NY, courtesy lighthousefriends.com. Hudson River, NY, 1857 When George Murdock, the keeper at Rondout Creek lighthouse, didn’t return with the supplies, his wife Catherine knew something had happened. Her worries were confirmed when officials from the mainland arrived to tell her he had drowned on his way back to the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00May 7th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|3 Comments

Keeping the Faith at the Lighthouse

Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, MA, 1891, photo courtesy USCG   Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, at the western end of Cuttyhunk Island, provided guiding light into both Buzzard’s Bay on one side and Vineyard Sound on the other. The two-mile-long island was home to lighthouse keepers and their families for many years, beginning in 1823. In 1911, Levi [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00April 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Spring Splendor Arrives at the Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse, Devon, UK Start Point is one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea. The rugged, windswept headland was not a popular assignment for the families of lighthouse keepers sent to the 150-year-old lighthouse situated at the end. Winters seemed especially [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00April 2nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Lighthouse Kids to the Rescue

  White Island (Isles of Shoals) Lighthouse People on the New Hampshire seacoast knew it was out there. Several miles from shore, on the southern tip of White Island in the Isles of Shoals, the only lighthouse off the coast of New Hampshire, sat sadly alone and decaying. Built in 1859, the White [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00March 3rd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Lighthouses and Sea Serpents

  Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester, MA, photo courtesy Kraig Anderson Massachusetts’ Gloucester Harbor is known as America’s oldest seaport, supporting fishermen, whalers, traders and even smugglers since 1616. The area is also known for its dangerous currents, ledges, and storms which claimed 779 vessels and 5,305 lives between 1830 and 1910. But another [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00February 19th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|5 Comments

The Optimistic Lighthouse Keeper

Start Point Lighthouse, Devon, UK, source Wikipedia Commons, photo by Nilfanion   Gordon knew it was only a matter of time before his occupation and his way of life would be gone. Trinity House, the governing body of lighthouses in the United Kingdom, had detailed to its lighthouse keepers the plans to automate [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00January 30th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

The Lighthouse Cat

Cats have been friends of mariners for centuries. They had an important job on ships – to keep the vessel free of rats and mice that not only ate food supplies, but gnawed through the ships’ ropes.  Cats were also common along waterfronts where they controlled rodents in warehouses and helped clean up the remains [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00January 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

A Most Unusual Birthday Party at the Lighthouse

Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, 1891, photo courtesy US Coast Guard In August, 1944,  the family of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts Lighthouse Keeper Octave Ponsart planned a joint birthday and beach party to celebrate the birthday of Uncle Gene and cousin Connie. Due to sugar rationing, Mrs. Ponsart spent weeks saving enough sugar to make birthday cakes for [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00December 23rd, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments

Stormy Times at a Rock Lighthouse

Longships Lighthouse, UK   Needles, Eddystone, Longships, Bishop Rock – these well-known lighthouses in the UK are a few of the country’s “rock” lighthouses. The name “rock” denotes that the lighthouse is offshore and not on land. In fact, many of these were built on rocks barely large enough for the lighthouses, yet [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00December 11th, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Don’t Look Down!

Bishop Rock Lighthouse, UK, photo by Ian Cowe Gordon Partridge checked the lighthouse duty schedule and blew out a breath. It was his turn to do his least favorite job at the lighthouse. With three keepers at Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse, each keeper was assigned duties on a rotating basis. As a result, everyone [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00November 20th, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Lighthouse Friendship

Burnt Island Lighthouse, ME, photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.   “Molly, the Andersons are coming over this afternoon.” “Yay!” Ten-year-old Molly jumped up and down. “I can’t wait to see Tommy!” Mother pointed her wooden spoon at Molly. “Well, you two stay out of trouble, if you can. We get to see their [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:28-05:00November 13th, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|1 Comment

Rethinking Priorities at an Alaskan Lighthouse

Five Fingers Lighthouse, AK, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com. The waters of Alaska are a beautiful place to take a cruise surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pristine forests. But for lighthouse keepers at the Five Fingers Island Lighthouse, loneliness outweighed the beauty of its isolated location. Five Finger Islands, a collection of rocky islets in [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:28-05:00November 5th, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments

Swimming – more than a hobby for this female lighthouse keeper.

White River Lighthouse, MI, photo by Chuck Turk   Splash! “Help! Somebody please help!” Frances’ Johnson jerked her head away from the lantern window she’d been cleaning and looked toward the sound of the cries. She quickly assessed the situation, all too familiar now that the weather was warmer. Frances ran down the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:28-05:00October 3rd, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments
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