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Egmont Key Alliance Hosts Florida Lighthouse Association

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Egmont Key Alliance President Richard Sanchez (dressed in a Confederate Army uniform) gives musket demonstration. Photos by Candace Clifford

Florida Lighthouse Association‘s winter meeting was hosted by the Egmont Key Alliance, January 28-29, 2017. Saturday’s formal meeting took place at Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit environmental educational group based in a modern facility whose design is based on a lighthouse. An active light on its roof enables passport members to receive a stamp.

I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on the records available for researching Florida’s lighthouses, followed by a delicious lunch. The business meeting included an update from Sharon Mackenzie, director of Boca Grande Lighthouse, on a new lighthouse design for the Florida license plate which generates funds for one of the association’s grant programs. Josh Liller, representative from Jupiter Inlet, reviewed work completed at various lighthouses under the grant programs. Then one of the association’s youngest members was honored (see below).

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Florida Lighthouse Association president Chris Belcher and U.S. Lighthouse Society Board member Ken Smith present a model of St. Marks Lighthouse to  six-year-old member, Sierra Farrell, who donated her birthday money to the Florida Lighthouse Association and St. Marks Lighthouse..

On Sunday the group boarded a boat for the one-mile crossing to Egmont Key. Two trips were necessary to accommodate the large group. (Click on photos below to read the captions.)

Submitted by Candace Clifford, January 31, 2017

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Life-Saving Service Gold Medal Celebration at Cape Lookout

On February 11, 2017, the Core Sound Waterfront Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island, N.C., will be hosting a special event honoring the 1905 Cape Lookout Life-Saving Station Gold Medal recipients for their rescue of the crew of Rawson. The families of Surfmen William H. Gaskill, James W. Fulcher, Kilby Guthrie, John A. Guthrie, Calupt T. Jarvis, John E. Kirkman, Joseph L. Lewis, Tyre Moore and Walter M. Yeomans will be participating.

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Cape Lookout Lifesaving Station, North Carolina, March 1959. When the Chatham-style station was built in 1917, the earlier 1887 station was moved and later sold. Now both are part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore but not open to the public. Note Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the far distance in the background on left. National Archives photo courtesy of the U.S. Lifesaving Service Heritage Association

According to the 1905 Annual Report of the Life-Saving Service, the three-masted schooner Sarah D.J. Rawson was carrying a full load of lumber from Georgetown, S.C., bound for New York in rough seas, when the vessel stranded on the south side of Lookout Shoals on February 9, 1905. The nearby lifesaving crew set out, but could not approach the vessel without being beaten back by the breakers. The next morning, they were able to approach more closely and used a line to rescue the remaining crew (one crew member, Jacob Hansen, had been swept off the decks by heavy seas when the schooner struck the shoal). A few hours later, the vessel broke up and disappeared. Each member of the lifesaving crew was awarded the gold medal of honor on April 12, 1905, for “extreme and heroic daring in saving life from the perils of the sea.”

Mike Carlson, Secretary, U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA), alerted us to this event. An affiliate of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the USLSSHA encourages an appreciation of Life-Saving Service history and supports the preservation of lifesaving stations all over the United States. Their website at uslife-savingservice.org has a wealth of information about the Service and the lifesaving stations which once lined our coasts.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research. Please consider joining the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member. If you have items of interest to the lighthouse community and its supporters, please email them to candace@uslhs.org.