Event · News

Sanibel’s Lighthouse and Cottages Dressed for Independence Day

As a symbol of our community’s patriotism, the City of Sanibel Public Works staff placed red, white and blue bunting upon the Lighthouse and both Caretaker’s Cottages.

Courtesy City of Sanibel

For the first time in 132 years, the Sanibel Lighthouse has been decorated with Independence Day patriotic bunting. The Sanibel Island Lighthouse was built in 1884 and was one of the first lighthouses on Florida’s Gulf coast north of Key West and the Dry Tortugas. After having been under ownership of the Coast Guard, in 2004, the Sanibel Lighthouse was given to the City of Sanibel. The Lighthouse was last restored in 2013 and has been a recognized icon of Sanibel for many years.

The holiday decorations will remain on the Lighthouse and Cottages until July 7, 2017.

Submitted by City of Sanibel Manager’s Office, June 20, 2017

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Event · News · Preservation

Hooper Strait Marks 50 Years at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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The dedication of Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was led by Robert Burgesson May 20, 1967. Photo by William Edwin Booth. CBMM Collection.

Fifty years ago today, on May 20, 1967, the Hooper Strait Lighthouse opened to the public at its new home on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Maryland. The preceding November, it had been removed in two pieces from its original screwpile foundation, lifted onto a barge, and towed up the Chesapeake to St. Michaels. It was set on a new pipe foundation and restored after sitting unmanned for 12 years.

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The Hooper Strait Lighthouse was moved to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 1966, and dedicated on May 20, 1967. Photo by C.C. Harris. CBMM Collection.

Hooper Strait Lighthouse was automated in 1954 as part of the Coast Guard’s modernization program, and it was scheduled for demolition when the Museum’s founders stepped in, purchasing it from the demolition contractor at the last minute. It was the first lighthouse to be moved for preservation purposes.

Built in 1879, Hooper Strait was a classic low, screwpile lighthouse, a type once common on the Chesapeake Bay, where shoal waters and the soft bottom of the Bay made it necessary to locate navigational beacons away from the shore.
Hooper Strait Lighthouse, along with the Point Lookout bell tower and buyboat Winnie Estelle in 2017. Photo courtesy CBMM

Submitted by Bethany Ziegler and Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, May 16, 2017

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Event · Lifesaving Service · News · Preservation

Restoration of Amagansett Life-Saving Station Now Complete

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Courtesy of David Lys, ALSCGS

The Amagansett Life-Saving Station will be open to the public for the first time on May 20, 2017, for a Re-Commissioning Ceremony hosted by the Amangansett U.S. Life-Saving and U.S. Coast Guard Society (ALSCGS). The Station will be opening as a museum this summer.

Aman2This Quonchontaug-type station was built in East Hampton, New York, in 1902. It was the third station erected at this site. The original station was one of the first wave of stations erected on Long Island (NY) in 1849. It was replaced by an 1876-type station in 1876. The 1902 station remained in service until 1944, when it was decommissioned.

Aman4The station house remained abandoned until 1966 when the town wanted it removed from the beach. Joel Carmichael purchased the station for one dollar and moved it up onto the bluff above. There it remained a family residence until the death of Mr. Carmichael in 2006. The family then decided to give the station back to the town, and in 2007, it was moved back to the original location, in the dunes below the bluff off Atlantic Avenue. This move is the subject of Eileen Torpey’s documentary film, Ocean Keeper. Although in its original site, shifting sands placed it farther from the ocean than previously, thus it was better protected from the surf. Robert Hefner, East Hampton town’s historic preservation consultant, said that the architecture of the building remained largely intact.

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Courtesy of David Lys, ALSCGS
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Courtesy of David Lys, ALSCGS

The East Hampton Town Board tasked the Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Society, Inc. (ALSCGS) to raise the necessary funds to have a historic structure report on the building completed in 2011. This report guided the restoration process to return the station to its 1902 appearance. Exterior restoration was completed in 2014, and the interior in the spring of 2017.

The station will house a museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard in East Hampton, including the Nazi saboteur landing off Amagansett during World War II. It will also contain an administrative office for the East Hampton Town lifeguards.

The museum will be housed in the boat room. Already on display is a Beebe surfboat, the last one known to exist. Currently under construction is a replica carriage for this boat. Once this is finished the boat will undergo a complete restoration in nearby Greenport, New York, home of Frederick Beebe’s original boatyard. This surfboat, which spent its working life nearby at the New Shoreham station on Block Island, Rhode Island, is owned by the National Parks Service and is on loan to the ALSCGS. They are also seeking to obtain a McLellan-type beach apparatus, either on loan from a museum or by construction of a replica.

Submitted by David Lys, President, ALS&CGS, amagansettuslss@gmail.com

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Affiliates · Event · News

Lighthouse Gala & Symposium Weekend – May 6 & 7, 2017

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Lighthouse Symposium – May 6, 1pm to 5pm:

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy fascinating presentations and a special Keeper’s Q&A during our symposium event, Lighthouse Keeping: Past, Present & Future being held at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (57 Gravelly Brook Road, Kennebunkport) from 1 to 5pm!

Presenters include…

Former Keeper and author, Ernie DeRaps, who will entertain with a slideshow on the years he and his wife Pauline spent on some of Maine’s lighthouses, including Monhegan, Browns Head and Fort Point;

Jeremy D’Entremont, New England lighthouse historian, will present “New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them”;

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Courtesy American Lighthouse Foundation

Bob Trapani, Jr., ALF Executive Director and lighthouse technician for the Coast Guard,  will showcase how the Coast Guard’s modern day lighthouse keeping responsibilities are carried out.

A book signing will also take place following the presentations and light refreshments will be served.  Tickets for the symposium portion are $10 per person.

Lighthouse Gala – May 7, 1pm to 5pm:

The 2017 Lighthouse Gala…our annual afternoon celebration, begins at 1pm on Sunday and will be held in the ballroom of the beautiful Nonantum Resort (95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport) in historic Kennebunkport!

Lighthouse Gala & SymposiumLieutenant David Bourbeau, Chief, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard, will be our Keynote speaker. LT Bourbeau will share the Coast Guards’ latest initiatives related to lighthouses including the brilliant light emitting diode beacons and on-demand Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal system, as well as the Coast Guard’s commitment to working with partners like the American Lighthouse Foundation and how the public benefits from this teamwork to keep the lights shining bright.

Presentation of the Keeper of the Light Award and the ALF Len Hadley Volunteerism Awards.

The Nonantum prepares a delicious dinner that will feature your choice of: Prime Rib Roast au Jus, Chicken Florentine or Baked New England Haddock, salad, dessert, coffee & tea. Cash Bar. Don’t miss the Silent Auctionselection which will include: lighthouse overnights, nautical theme prints, gift baskets, collectibles and more!

Tickets for the Lighthouse Gala are $50 per person.

Order Tickets…

Online at: www.lighthousefoundation.org/eventcalendar/2017-annual-lighthouse-gala/

Call ALF at:  207-594-4174

Excerpted from the  website; originally published March 28, 2017

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Event · News · Tours

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
Find out more & Sign up: brownpapertickets.com/event/2913940

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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Event · Historic Images · News

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.

 

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

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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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