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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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Affiliates · Event · Lifesaving Service · News

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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Event · News

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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Event · Exhibits · Fresnel lens · News

Destruction Island Lighthouse

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Approaching Destruction Island Light Station off the Washington coast by helicopter in 2004. Photo courtesy Carl Gowler
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Destruction Island lighthouse tower, 2004. Photo courtesy Carl Gowler

Carl Gowler was stationed on Destruction Island Light Station in 1967-1968 and visited the island as a guest as part of the crew securing the station in 2004. He shared these photos taken during that visit stating, “What I find interesting is a majority of lighthouse photos are of pristine lighthouses freshly painted and spruced up by hard working volunteers. I haven’t seen  any with moss on the sides.”

 

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Destruction Island Lighthouse’s lens on display at the Westport Maritime Museum. Photo courtesy of John Shaw, the museum’s director

Although Destruction Island Light Station is inaccessible to the public, its beautiful first-order lens has been restored and placed on exhibit at the Westport Maritime Museum in Grays Harbor, Washington. The magnificent lens was manufactured in France in 1888 by Henry Le Paute. The lens was installed in the lighthouse in 1891 and operated until 1995 when it was removed by the Coast Guard. In 1998 the historic optic was reassembled as the centerpiece of a specially designed lens building.

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On the first Saturday in December, Santa visits Westport Maritime Museum in the annual SANTA BY THE SEA Program. 2016 photo courtesy of John Shaw, Director, Westport Maritime Museum
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Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children beneath the Destruction Island lens. 2016 photo courtesy of John Shaw, Director, Westport Maritime Museum

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Event · News

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus to Visit Absecon Lighthouse

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Photo courtesy Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse will light up the holidays on Saturday, December 10th, from NOON to 3:30pm. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and their Lighthouse Elves will host kids of all ages for holiday crafts in the museum, a climb to the top to meet Santa Claus, and pizza from the award winning restaurant “Tony Boloney’s.” Guests will enjoy the official lighting of our Holiday Tree at 1pm, and have a chance to do some holiday shopping in our charming gift shop. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12 and can be reserved by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360. All proceeds benefit the education programs at Absecon Lighthouse.

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

For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call (609) 449-1360 or visit us on the web at www.abseconlighthouse.org.

Submitted by Jean Muchanic, Executive Director, Absecon Lighthouse, December 5, 2016

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Event · News

Heceta Head Lightstation Hosts the 21st Annual Victorian Christmas Open Houses

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Photo of Heceta Head captured by Curt Peters of Digital Dunes Photography, Florence, Oregon

Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating the 21st year of their Annual Victorian Christmas Open House on December 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th from 4 to 7 pm. Come See Our New Lights! 2000 LEDs will cast a warm welcoming light on our beautiful rugged coast.

Volunteers have decorated the Queen Anne style Keeper’s House inside and out with festive Victorian holiday decorations. Open house sponsors Florence Area Rotary Club, OverLeaf Lodge and Spa, Yachats Chambers of Commerce and Yachats Presbyterian Church will be providing warm drinks and treats. Each evening local performers will share your holiday favorites. Ron Stanley, Polka Dots, and Marty Adams, are some of the talented musicians who will be performing at the historic Keeper’s House. Santa will be stopping by to hand out candy canes and receive Christmas lists from children of all ages.

Visitors will be encouraged to take a night time walk to the lighthouse, so bring a flashlight! This is a great opportunity to watch the lighthouse beams rotate overhead, truly a magical experience.

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 a shuttle bus will take visitors from the park right to the front door. Or bring warm, rainproof clothing and a flashlight so you can enjoy the beautiful walk up from the beach to the festivities. Parking at the viewpoint is $5.00 per vehicle.

You can support the open house and have a chance to stay at the B&B. Enter our holiday raffle and win a free night’s stay at the Bed & Breakfast as well as great prizes from local artists and businesses. The Lighthouse Gift Shop will be open and filled with special lighthouse gifts for your Christmas shopping.

Help us celebrate 21 years of community tradition at the Keeper’s House. If you would like more information please contact the Heceta Lighthouse B&B at (866) 547-3696.

Submitted by Misty Anderson, Inn Manager and Event Coordinator
Heceta Head Lightstation, November 28, 2016

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