Affiliates · News · Preservation

Anclote Key Lighthouse Reopens to Visitors

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Anclote Key Lighthouse, near Tarpon Springs, Florida, is reopened on January 27, 2018, with the help of Ted Cornell (Anclote Key State Park), Ron Ecker (FLA), Chris Belcher (FLA), and Dan Hogan (Friends of Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse)

According to the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA) website, “the Anclote Key Lighthouse has been closed to the public for about three years due to contaminated soil around the tower. With the help of a grant from FLA, the Friends of Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse have installed a white picket fence along the walkway, thus allowing visitors get to the Lighthouse and climb the tower. 

The Anclote Key Lighthouse, a cast-iron structure, was fully funded by Congress in 1887, with assembly commencing in June of 1887 when the prefabricated tower arrived from the north. The light was lit for the first time on September 15, 1887 by keeper James Gardner. The lighthouse was automated by the Coast Guard in 1952, and since it was no longer manned, vandals did extensive damage; by 1984 the lighthouse was inoperative and discontinued by the Coast Guard.  In January 2003 a massive 1.5 million dollar restoration project began, culminating in a relighting ceremony on September 13, 2003.

Since the original 3rd order Fresnel lens was nowhere to be found, a modern rotating optic was placed in the lantern room; however, the rotating optic wasn’t bright enough or good enough.  So the restoration project took another step forward and commissioned Enberg Mold and Tools in Jacksonville to make a replica acrylic lens.  They met the challenge and in November 2004, a smaller replica 4th order lens was installed in the tower.  In addition, a permanent residence has been completed for the park ranger, who now resides on the island.   Anclote Key is truly a “shining example” of lighthouse restoration at its finest.”

 

The Florida Lighthouse Association visited and climbed Anclote Key Lighthouse as part of their winter meeting. Visit Friends of Anclote Key State Park & Lighthouse for more information on their preservation of the lighthouse.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society will be visiting Anclote Key as part of their Gulf Coast tour.

Photos by Candace Clifford; submitted January 27, 2018

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News · photography · Society Members

Send Us Your Best “Lighthouse in Weather” Image

Thanks to all the Society photographers who submitted images for the 2018 Lighthouse Society Calendar contest! Given the response to and enthusiasm for the 2017 contest and 2018 calendar, the Society is pleased to announce that we are repeating the contest (with a few adjustments) in 2018 to make a 2019 calendar. This year we are offering seven categories for submissions, spread out over the next six months, using an online submissions system.

Baileys Harbor Upper Range, Wisconsin, by Sue Steckart Jarosh

The first submission category is WEATHER. So get out those cameras and venture outside to capture your favorite lighthouse in its winter landscape or dig out your favorite fog or storm photo from years past. The deadline for submitting your WEATHER image is February 28, 2018.

Each member can submit one image per category. Each category will have a separate submissions form.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Participating photographers must be active members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. (Renew or join at uslhs.org/membership.)
  • Digital submissions only.
  • Submission Format: Please submit your image as a JPG or TIF, that is at least 8 1/2 by 11-inches, and at a minimum of 300 dpi. Smaller images are not suitable for the final printed product.
  • File Name: Include “lighthouse name,” “state,” “year taken,” and “photographer name” in the file name of your photo.  For example: “Jones Point VA 2017 by Candace Clifford”
  • Submit only photos that you have taken.
  • Photos must be unrestricted. Unless you instruct the Society otherwise, by submitting images to this project, you are giving your permission for the Society to use your image in social media and printed publications. You may specify on the submission form whether or not it can be included in the Society’s digital archive.
  • Some preference will be given to images with a landscape orientation. It is permissible to create a file in a landscape orientation using two portrait images. (Do not send two images; combine the images into one before submitting.)
  • Photographers 17 years old or younger should provide the name of a parent or guardian on the submission form.

Submission Categories (all photos should relate to light stations, aids to navigation, lightships, or USCG facilities)

  1. Weather (submission starts January 20, ends February 28)
  2. Reflection or Unusual Perspective (submission starts February 15, ends March 30)
  3. Sunrise / Sunset (submission starts March 15, ends April 30)
  4. Technology (submission starts April 15, ends May 30)
  5. Detail or Abstract (submission starts May 15, ends June 30)
  6. Landscape (submission starts June 15, ends July 31)
  7. Preservation Project or Special Event (submission starts July 15, ends August 30)

Finalists will be chosen by a review panel for each category. Images for the printed calendar will be selected from the finalists. Each finalist will receive a free calendar. Calendars will be available for purchase in the Keeper’s Locker and should be distributed in late October 2018.

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Submitted by Candace Clifford, 01/20/2018

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Lighthouse Construction · News · Research · Society Members

Lynn and Dave Waller Research Collection for The Graves Lighthouse

Society members Lynn and Dave Waller recently donated their National Archives research findings for the Graves Light Station, Massachusetts, to the Society Archives. Society Director Jeff Gales is delighted with the gift. “Making lighthouse research widely available is the intent of the new Catalog and such an endeavor would not be possible without generous donations such as this.”

This collection consists primarily of U.S. Light-House Board and U.S. Bureau of Lighthouse correspondence and photos available in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. After acquiring the light station in 2013, Dave Waller hired Candace Clifford (now the Society’s historian) to find and copy any National Archives documents relating to the station as part of their overall restoration effort.

One item in the collection is an album of photos pertaining to the station’s 1903-1904 construction. Since the Catalog is not yet available online, you can access the album at The Graves MA 1903-1905 Construction Album NA RG 26 LG 7-49 LDW (lores).)

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The 40th course of the Graves Lighthouse was laid in 1904. (Note the numbers marked on each stone.) Image part of National Archives photo album 26-LG-7-49 from the Lynn and Dave Waller collection
Stonework completed to 40th course. National Archives image courtesy Lynn and Dave Waller collection

On January 10, Dave reported that he “just got back from the light after dropping off the first work crew of 2018. [The tower is] spectacular looking in the winter light. Today we are finishing up the central heating system and varnishing the gorgeous quarter swan oak wainscoting in the watch room. We started the oil house refurb[ishment] in the fall, but switched to interior work as winter set in.”

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Oil house under restoration.  2018 photo courtesy Dave Waller

For more information on the restoration visit The Graves Light Station website.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, January 12, 2018

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International Lighthouses · Keepers · News

Happy New Year from Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse

Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania, population 2. Photo by Taylor

Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse Keepers Taylor and Jesse sent along these photos of the light station they are keeping on Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania (Australia). They are on this isolated island for six months taking care of the station. In addition to the tower, there are three large houses on Maatsuyker, all built in 1890/1891. There are a host of outbuildings too. They maintain and repair everything as needed. The lighthouse was a first-order light and the lens is still in place although it has been decommissioned and replaced by a modern light in a different location.

Approaching weather. The couple reports they have been buffeted by gale force winds for two weeks straight in the windiest place in Australia. Photo by Taylor

The couple are really enjoying their light-keeping experience and seeking in other care-taking opportunities/employment around the world. They have a website and an instagram page for those who want to follow their adventures.

Submitted by Jesse Siebler, December 31, 2017

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News · Society Members

Tis the Season at Baileys Harbor Range Light Station

Society Member Ed Miller recently shared some wonderful photos of Baileys Harbor Range Light Station decorated for the Season:

Ed reports that much has been accomplished in the restoration of the range lights. Here are a few shots taken pre-restoration, as well as some historic documentation:

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Ed Miller with Sue Jarosh, author of DOOR COUNTY’S EAGLE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE MOUSE, September 29, 2017

To learn more about the Range Lights, see the Ridges Sanctuary website.

Submitted by Ed Miller, December 22, 2017

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Conferences · News

MHC Early Bird Registration Ends December 14th

MHCThe 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55thAnnual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest.  Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie.  Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the U.S. Lighthouse Society and so many others!

The U.S. Lighthouse Society has prepared a number of sessions specific to lighthouse preservation, history and education.

Click here to register. Save $100 if you register by December 14, 2017.

Excerpted from 11th-Annual-Maritime-Heritage-Conference, December 12, 2017

Conferences · News

2018 International Lighthouse Conference

MLA conferenceJoin the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance on May 20-22 on Mackinac Island, in the heart of lighthouse country for a one-of-a-kind conference and hotel stay unmatched anywhere!

Any group or individual that is involved in the lighthouse movement, either as a group restoring a lighthouse or in the process of becoming one, or persons connected to the lighthouse movement, such as government agencies, publishers, museums, state, provincial, or national lighthouse organizations are encouraged to attend!

U.S. organizations like the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, the National Lighthouse Museum, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Lighthouse Digest, Michigan Lighthouse Guide, the U.S. Lighthouse Society, U.S. Lightship Museum, Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy and several Michigan, U.S., and Canadian lighthouses have already confirmed and will present on various topics!

Noted Canadian lighthouse author and speaker Larry Wright will be presenting on Canadian lighthouses, and several other speakers have committed to present on U.S. and World lighthouse history, sustainability programs at several lighthouses, the National Park Service, National Lighthouse Museum, the history of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel, the history of light technology, from the fires atop Pharos to Fresnel, the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, a panel discussion with attendees on where we go from here and to cap it off, tour options to explore Mackinac Island, from Arch Rock to the village to Fort Mackinac. You won’t want to miss this event!

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early to guarantee your spot! Pellston and Sault St. Marie are the two closest airports and flights can arrive in time to get to the dock to take the tour.

Submitted by the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance.

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