Lighthouse Kids Save White Island Light again
The Lighthouse Kids continue to raise funds to rescue White Island Lighthouse from storm damage. Recently, they donated $100,000 to rebuild the marine landing ramp that was washed away during the Patriots Day Nor’easter of April 16, 2007.
White Island Lighthouse, located 7-miles offshore from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is exposed to powerful ocean storms. The Nor’easter also washed away the solar panels and the covered walkway connecting the Keeeper’s house to the tower.
White Island Lighthouse was built to mark the Isles of Shoals, a treacherous group of nine low lying islands that obstruct navigation approaching Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire. After White Island Light became automated on Oct 10, 1986, the Coast Guard Keepers were removed and the abandoned Light Station was battered and damaged by ocean storms.
For more information about the Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.
The Lighthouse Kids is a inspirational story about a nonprofit group of North Hampton seventh graders organized by Sue Reynolds in 2000 to save their abandoned Lighthouse! After five years of raising funds, the Lighthouse Kids donated $110,000 to the State of New Hampshire on June 22, 2005. Governor John Lynch accepted their check and authorized the restoration of the endangered White Island Light Station. Fortunately, the Tower restoration completed in 2005 saved the Lighthouse during Patriots Day Nor’easter.
Since April 16, 2007, major Lighthouse repairs have been on hold until a new landing ramp is constructed. Ramp construction is scheduled for a mid-October completion to reopen the access to repair the Light Station thanks to the determined efforts of the Lighthouse Kids!
For a Map location, please visit the Google Map of White Island Lighthouse
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