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The Brightest Lighthouse

Victory Lighthouse, Italy   Towering above the city of Trieste, Italy, stands the Faro della Vittoria, the Victory Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built as a monument to celebrate Italian victory and honor the country’s soldiers who died at sea in World War I. One of the world’s tallest lighthouses, the structure stands 223-foot [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00June 17th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Seals and Lighthouses

Angels Gate Lighthouse, CA, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com Lighthouse keepers develop a relationship with the sea and learn to appreciate its personality. They also acquire an understanding of the creatures that live within it. Marine animals can provide food for the keepers, but they can also provide company. Along the west coast of the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00May 20th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|1 Comment

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

To Have and To Hold On! – Lighthouse Weddings

Mile Rocks Lighthouse, CA, old postcard courtesy Lighthouse Digest. Weddings take place in a variety of places. In addition to traditional church weddings, many couples opt for more picturesque or unique settings. From beaches to gardens to mountaintops, marriages are performed in places significant to the two being wed. Lighthouses have long been [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00April 28th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 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

The Lighthouse Master Craftsmen

  Skerryvore Lighthouse, photo by Ian Cowe The Stevenson family of Scotland is renown around the world as a dynasty of lighthouse builders. For five generations, the Stevenson’ engineering skills were employed to build structures that are still impressive, having withstood the onslaught of nature and time. Names like “Skerryvore” and “Bell Rock,” [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00April 8th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

A Symbol of Hope

Blackistone Lighthouse For many people throughout the world and the ages, a lighthouse has come to represent many things. A sailor seeking safe passageway through dangerous waters welcomed the sight of a lighthouse to guide the way. It not only told him where he was, but warned him of  danger. For some, the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00March 25th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 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

Love Signals from the Lighthouse

The Maidens Lighthouses, Ireland Where did a young person who lived at a lighthouse meet other young people? How did they find someone to date, fall in love with, and marry? At other lighthouses, of course. Due to the remoteness of lighthouses, the children of keepers often met and married the children of [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00February 12th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 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

Work at the Lighthouse

  McNab's Island Lighthouse on Maugher's Beach, Nova Scotia “No fair! Why do I have to do all the work?” Maybe you’ve heard this complaint before, but you wouldn’t have heard it from lighthouse keepers or their families. Lighthouse keeping wasn’t an easy lifestyle, but for lighthouse families, it was a busy, active [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00January 15th, 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
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