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Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference

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Race Rock Lighthouse from the conference website

Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference
Monday & Tuesday, April 24-25, 2017
All area lighthouse lovers & stakeholders are invited to attend the 2nd annual Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, 2017, presented by the New London Maritime Society in New London, Connecticut. Lighthouse fanciers and preservationists number in the tens of thousands in the US and they’re eager to share information, network, and learn more. Our conference aims to meet those goals.

Registration is $75 for both days, $50 for Monday, only, and $35 for Tuesday, only. Questions? call 860-447-8700, and someone will get back to you.

On Monday, attendees spend the day sharing information, learning best practices, & planning for the season ahead. A major focus is on lighthouse lenses, including technical, cultural, and historical aspects. Moderated by Elinor DeWire, presenters include Fresnel lens expert Chad Kaiser with lens videos by Dan Spinella, historians Jeremy D’Entremont and Bob Muller, representatives of the USCG, and Nick Korstad the owner of three lighthouses (one of which is a B&B)and Pam Setchell, known as ‘the woman who saved Huntington Light’, presents ‘Rock & Roll Light’ – about producing the annual Huntington Lighthouse Musicfest, the ONLY Music Festival in the WORLD held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water! Living history artist Joseph Smith will portray Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788-1827), the inventor of the Fresnel lens.

Dinner is will be at a New London restaurant, On the Waterfront  http://www.onthewaterfrontnl.com/, but is not included in the conference fee.

For both days, or for Monday, only
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For Tuesday and the LIS Lighthouse Boat Excursion, only
Sign up at: brownpapertickets.com/event/2914005

On Tuesday morning, explore downtown New London, beginning with coffee at the Custom House Maritime Museum, where you may view two new photography exhibitions: ‘Stars & Lights: LIS’, by David Zapatka, and ‘Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day’s Photojournalists’.

We just got some new details about the lighthouse tour on Cross Sound Ferry.
At noon, we will be traveling aboard Sea Jet, Cross Sound Ferry’s fast, safe and comfortable catamaran. We will cover over 40 miles of coastline and see onshore and offshore lighthouses in three States: Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. This trip offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear stories and narration by a team of lighthouse authorities: Bob Muller, Elinor DeWire, and Cross Sound’s own Ted Webb, among them.

THREE HOUR TOUR:  The ferry will travel down the Thames, past Ledge and Harbor Lights, to North Dumpling and Plum Islands, proceeding to Gardners Point and along Plum Island traveling across LIS up to Long Beach Bar Light and Bug Light, heading back over to Coffee Pot then across to Plum Island Light, Little Gull Light (and seals), by Race Rock Light across to the west entrance to Fishers Island Sound, to see Morgan Point Light, Latimer Reef, Watch Hill Light, the home of Taylor Swift(!), then a return to New London.   Eastern Long Island Sound Lighthouse Excursion will benefit New London Maritime Society.

Submitted by Susan Tamulevich, Executive Director, New London Maritime Society, April 18, 2017

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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.

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Nighttime Photography workshop with Pete Lerro: May 22, 2017 Cape Hatteras

USLHS is pleased to announce a special event on May 22, 2017 with professional photographer Pete Lerro (www.lerroproductions.com). 

Lighthouses were made to illuminate the night sky so why not photograph them in their natural environment? Peter Lerro has been photographing lighthouses at night for over 15 years. He will teach participants how to take great lighthouse pictures at night by utilizing the light from the moon and stars as well as use a mix of fill flash. Participants will also learn how to photograph lighthouses with the milky way and star trails.

Pete Lerro III is a college graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania where he studied video audio and photography. Lerro is currently a full-time professional photographer and owner at Lerro Productions. When Lerro is not on assignment, he organizes photo shoot tours, workshops across the country and more. His photography expertise includes family, portraits, commercials, products, landscapes, wedding and sports. Throughout his career he has shot for many major establishments including the Department of Homeland Security, NFL, NBA, NHL, USA Gymnastics, IRL and Spartan Race.

May 22 Schedule:

7:00pm:  The group will meet at The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, NC, which is a short distance from the lighthouse, and enjoy an introduction to night time photography with Pete.

7:30pm – 9:00pm:  Sunset through Dusk. Photos of the lighthouse, keepers home and lighthouse keeper in uniform with his/her trusty lantern setting up for the evening. Learn to balance between ambient light, camera and independent strobe flash.

9:30pm – 11:00pm: Night Session.  Same scenario as Sunset through Dusk,  learning to balance in moon light for added effect.

2:00am – 3:30am:   Milky Way. Photograph the tallest light in the US, balancing night lighting and time exposures with the brilliance of the Milky Way in the background!

Photographers registering will need their own transportation and a camera (DSLR style – digital single lens reflex), cable release and tripod.  Also, you’ll need a flashlight with a red lens if possible (headlamps are ideal for hands free operation of  equipment.)

Photography workshop is $150 per person. Call today to reserve at 415-362-7255 or email Nancy@uslhs.org.

 

Bald Head Lighthouse · Event · Historic Images · News

Old Baldy Celebrates 200th Birthday

BIRTHDAYFLYERThe folks at the Old Baldy Foundation are hosting a party on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the anniversary of the construction of their 200-year-old tower. The tower has undergone numerous repairs to make her look her best for this important event (see Old Baldy Prepares for 200th Birthday published in November 2016).

The oldest lighthouse in North Carolina, the current Bald Head Lighthouse was constructed in 1817 at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It replaced an earlier tower that was lit on December 23, 1794, to guide shipping into the port of Wilmington via the Cape Fear River. The earlier tower was lost to erosion.

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Bald Head Lighthouse in 1893. National Archives photo 26-LG-26-9
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Daniel S. Way offered to construct the proposed brick and stucco tower for $14,700. The Connecticut builder received the contract. Letter from Daniel Way to Commissioner of the Revenue Samuel H. Smith found in National Archives Record Group 26

Bald Head NC 2001 by JCC (3)

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This plaque above the entrance recognizes Daniel S. Way as the builder. The R. Cochran Foundry most likely provided the lantern. Photos by Candace Clifford, 2001

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First Annual Heceta Head Lightstation Birthday Party Scheduled for March 30

Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating 123 years of the First Order Fresnel Lens shining its light on the Oregon Coast on March 30th from 4 to 7 pm.

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Heceta Head Light Station courtesy of Curt Peters of Digital Dunes Photography, Florence, Oregon

Birthday Party sponsors, Travel Lane County, will be providing warm drinks and cupcakes.  Taylor Sausages will be serving hot dogs, and Destination Events has donated a popcorn machine! Local musicians Marty Adams, Sea Strings, and High Tide will perform at the historic Keeper’s House. State Park and U.S. Forest Service interpretive docents will be giving tours of the lighthouse and light keeper’s house, and informative talks about this gorgeous coast line.

Bring your camera to have your photo taken on the front porch with the lighthouse in the background to commemorate this fun community supported family event. The Gift Shop will also be open and newly stocked with amazing souvenirs and informative books and videos. Bring your lighthouse passports to be stamped!

Entry to the Keeper’s House is free but donations are gladly accepted. Parking is available at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic View Point, just below the Keeper’s House, and NW Adventures Quest will shuttle visitors from the park right to the front door.  Or enjoy the beautiful spring walk up from the beach to the festivities. Parking at the viewpoint is $5.00 per vehicle.

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Heceta Head Light Station courtesy of Curt Peters of Digital Dunes Photography, Florence, Oregon

You can support the Restoration of the Lightstation and the Birthday Party events by entering the raffle. Win a free night’s stay at the Bed & Breakfast as well as great prizes from local artists and businesses.

If you would like more information please contact the Heceta Lighthouse B&B at (866) 547-3696keepers@hecetalighthouse.com, or visit our website, www.hecetalighthouse.com.

Submitted by Misty Anderson, Inn Manager and Event Coordinator, Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, March 13, 2017

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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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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.

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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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Absecon Lighthouse Celebrates 160th Birthday

Absecon daymark was originally plain brick. At some point the black stripe was added. Photo courtesy Library of Congress
When built in 1856, Absecon’s daymark was plain brick. At some point a black stripe was added to distinguish it from nearby lighthouses. Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest, is hosting a Birthday Celebration to honor the 160th birthday of the Lighthouse on Sunday, January 15th , with free climbs from 11 am to 3:30 pm and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1pm. To honor “Abby’s” birthday, Atlantic City students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit poems, paintings, photographs, and drawings in the annual “Abby & the Arts” contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1:00 pm.   Entry forms and details are available at http://www.abseconlighthouse.org. If you truly want to “DO AC,” then don’t miss this opportunity to experience a 360 degree view of Atlantic City’s sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City’s oldest historic structure, as well as the country’s third tallest lighthouse.

Funding has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

At some point yellow was added beneath and above the stripe. Later white was used. 2002 photo by Candace Clifford
At some point yellow and then white was added beneath and above the stripe. 2002 photo by Candace Clifford

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. For information call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

Based on press release submitted by Kimberly Deese, January 9, 2017

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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.