Minots Ledge Lighthouse underwater expedition
The underwater archeological survey will locate and map the historic site hoping to find the nine iron “spider-like” legs that were anchored to the granite ledge of the 1850 Minots Ledge Light which swayed and collapsed during the storm. The Coast Guard web-site has photos and video of the expedition.
The dive operation was also used to train Coast Guard divers in underwater search and investigation techniques. Another goal of the underwater project is to create underwater heritage preserve protected as a national registered historic site for education and ongoing research.
On June 20, 2007, a underwater bronze plaque was released from the Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess during a memorial ceremony to honor the lost lives of Light-keepers, Joseph Wilson and Joseph Antoine. WBZ news has a video.
The memorial plaque attached to a 5,000-pound stone sinker sank 31-feet to the rocky sea floor as the Coast Guard saluted and played Taps. The inscription on the plaque reads, “These brave men gave the last full measure of devotion to their duty to keep the light burning .”
Seven years ago, John Small, whose grandfather is a distant relative of Light-keeper Antoine, and family members created a memorial on Government Island to the lost Light keepers (the Memorial Monument was dedicated on May 21, 2000).
For more information about Minots Ledge Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.
For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Minots Ledge Light