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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
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