Poetry · Society Members

Squirrel Island Light by David Gamage

Little River squirrels. Lighthouse Endeavor photo courtesy of David Gamage

Society member David Gamage shared the following:

Squirrel Island Light

by David Gamage

Instructions to Keepers of the Lights of this Nation,
Contain directions for most every situation,
But not one small bit of useful information,
For the keeper to defend against red squirrel invasion.

So try as he might,
It just isn’t right!
No matter his efforts,
They refuse to take flight.

In the house on chairs and on the table,
As for enjoying ones meals, not at all able.
No flag could be flown for distress if inclined,
For one of these beasts had chewed through the line.

Help did arrive, the lighthouse tender.
Lowered the dory at the port side fenders.
But for seeing those squirrels by the boat house door,
The captain decided it best not go ashore.

This keeper now alone, with no comfort, no aid,
Under constant attack by this squirrel brigade.
No rest during day, and awakened at night,
for bad dreams of squirrels. It’s just not right!

The light at night must always be lit.
Though the keeper had no choice but to quit.
The keeper being forced to abandon his station.
With no willing replacement, the only choice– automation.

With such the light will display night after night.
This light station renamed.—Squirrel Island Light

According to Dave, this poem was inspired by actual squirrel challenges at Little River Light. During Tim Harrison’s project Lighthouse Endeavor, a person lived alone at this lighthouse year round.  This live-in keeper thought these critters were cute so he began feeding a couple of them. Soon after, the invasion began when they brought all their many friends.

Little River Light Station, Maine. 2011 photo by Jack Graham

Submitted by David Gamage, September 26, 2017

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Lighthouses in Art · News · Society Members

Mystery at Eilean Mor Lighthouse, Scotland

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Coffin Road by Peter May

British author Peter May has written another thrilling murder mystery in which the Eilean Mor Lighthouse has a prominent role. The lighthouse is located on an island of the same name in the Flannan Isles off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. In December of 1900 all three lightkeepers vanished without a trace. In the novel, titled Coffin Road, the main character in the novel regularly visits the island, supposedly writing a book.

For those who went on the lighthouse trip to the Outer Hebrides in 2015, trip leaders Chris and Janet Brookes introduced us to Peter May by giving everyone a copy of another murder mystery, The Blackhouse, so participants could get a sense of life in the Outer Hebrides.

Coffin Road was published in Great Britain in 2016 by Quercus, ISBN 978-1-78429-313-0.

Submitted by Dick Richardson, U.S. Lighthouse Society member, February 6, 2017

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Lighthouses in Art · News · Preservation

The Last Lightkeepers

If you have not already viewed these wonderful videos on Facebook, I encourage you to take a look. Documentary-style filmmaker Robert Apse follows modern-day keepers in New England including Jeremy D’Entremont at Portsmouth Harbor, NH; Ford Reiche at Halfway Rock, ME; Paul St. Germain at Thacher Island, MA; and Bob Trapani at Owls Head, ME. These beautiful videos are showcased with other New England topics at Wandergroove.com.

The first video in the lighthouse keeper series is below. The others will automatically follow. To see the full playlist, click the upper left corner.

Many thanks to filmmaker Robert Aspe and Marmoset for documenting stories of lighthouse preservation.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, December 29, 2016

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Lighthouses in Art · News

Music Video Features Virginia V and Admiralty Head Lighthouse

U.S. Lighthouse Society News has created a new category — Lighthouses in Art. Erin Nichole Boyt, Director/Choreographer, submitted The Navigator Official Music Video, featuring a Seattle-based musical duo, March to May and the Version Excursion Dance Company. If you look closely some of The Navigator was shot at Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Fort Casey Historical State Park on Whidbey Island, near Seattle. It also features the historic steamer Virginia V.

Based on submission by Erin Nichole Boyt, December 15, 2016

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