Monthly Archives: November 2007

Lighthouse Keeper Volunteers Honored!

blogportsmouth Tis the season for so many thankful reasons and Bob Trapani, the executor director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, has expressed his thanks by honoring the dedication and hard work of 17 New England Lighthouse volunteers!

Seventeen Lighthouse Keeper Volunteers were recognized this month for going beyond the call of duty to save and preserve American Lighthouses, the Symbol of Safety in our maritime heritage. The selfless efforts of these modern Light-keepers also honors the vigilance and sacrifices of American Light-keepers who served from 1716 to 1998 to safeguard mankind from the dark misfortunes of the sea.

When visiting the following Lighthouses, please stop by and thank these hard working volunteers for keeping our Lights shining Bright!

Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland, Maine:Eric Davis and Sandy Clements

Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford Pool, Maine:Sean Murphy and Shirley Stallings

Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, New Harbor, Maine:Joseph Ponti, Sue Merrick, and Doug Merrick

Friends of Little River Lighthouse, Cutler, Maine:
Al Vachon and Pat Vachon?

Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Castle, New Hampshire:
Sharon Mills and William Marshall

Cape Cod Chapter (Race Point Lighthouse), Provincetown, Massachusetts:
David Spang and Michele Dirksen

Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, Riverside, Rhode Island:
David Kelleher and Rob Charbonneau

New England Lighthouse Lovers
Ron Foster, ConnecticutFrank Carbone, Massachusetts


For more information about the preservation efforts of these Guiding Light Volunteer Light-Keepers, please visit this Related News Source:Volunteer “Keepers of the Light” Honored by the American Lighthouse Foundation

For more information about the American Lighthouse Foundation and how to volunteer to save our Lighthouse heritage, please visit the

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Kingston Lighthouse is Missing the Boat?

blogkingston Something stinks about the plans for the city treasure of Kingston, a historic Lighthouse at the junction of Rondout Creek and the Hudson River. According to a editorial written by the, a city investment in the Lighthouse is long overdue and the Gateway to the city needs a expensive sewage line to attract tourism and economic development.

Their fish story is loaded with humor! My first thought to save taxpayer dollars was posting a sign that reads, When visiting our Lighthouse Treasure: please don’t let it rip where swimmers take a dip! Seriously, it is hard to swallow a Rondout waterfront revitalization plan begins with reviving Rondout Creek Lighthouse by installing a estimated $750,000 sewer and water line.

Since 1984, the Hudson River Maritime Museum has been restoring the Lighthouse and providing public Lighthouse tours on the weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Lighthouse is accessible by boat tours and no doubt, visitors are allowed to use the head! By federal law, all boat heads are required to use Marine Sanitation Devices (MSD) that cost as little as $1,400. Total cost to install a MSD in the Lighthouse should be no more than $2,800. Both solutions are two ways to use our heads to save a $750,000 Treasure Hunt!

Kingston Lighthouse, also called Rondout Creek Lighthouse, Rondout 11, and Rondout North Dike Light Station was the third Lighthouse built at mouth of Rondout Creek to mark the harbor entrance. The 48-feet high buff-colored brick Tower was First Lit on August 25, 1915 exhibiting a Fixed Red Light illuminated by a Sixth-order Fresnel lens 52-feet above sea level. The Lighthouse also has two cisterns that provided fresh water for drinking and cooking. For other liquid needs, water was pumped from the river. Is a expensive modern water line necessary?

Currently, Kingston Lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and exhibits a Flashing White Light every 6-seconds. On June 9, 2002, the Coast Guard transferred ownership of the Lighthouse to the city of Kingston. Mayor James Sottile had plans to use the Lighthouse to promote tourism and believed the Lighthouse could be a revenue generator. Seems like the latest ideas are federal and local tax revenue generators!

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For a Map Location of the Lighthouse, please visit the Google Map of Kingston Lighthouse

Related News Source:

Treasure hunt

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The Beacon Blogosphere Awards

blogbeacon Over the past two weeks, two of my Blogging Buddies have honored me with a few blog awards. I deeply appreciate the recognition from Dreaming Dan and Healthy Jess!

This has been a very difficult challenge to pay these awards forward to only 10 Bloggers out of the many excellent Blogs on the digital waterways. After careful consideration, Captain Debbie Dolphin is sailing a new course to honor five blogs with my complimentary coverage this month and next month!

My Beacon Blog Boat is digitally delivering the following awards,



Andrea for her wisdom using inspiration and poetry,

Ed the Editor for his insightful zany view of the news,

Miss Cellania for sharing her comical gifts,

Photography by KML for her variety of phenomenal photos, and

Predator Press for his comical wisdom!

For your reading pleasure, please visit these award winning blogs! Captain Debbie Dolphin is passing on my Blog Birthright to the above five Blog Buffs who have received my blogging blessing to pay these four Blog Awards forward to 10 Bloggers who make you smile!


A related request:

Can we add a new nautical blue flavor option to the flavors of “Be The Blog?” A new blue flavor will recognize Mark as the architect of his cherished Blog Badge Award with a link!

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Cape Ann Light Station Light-Keepers Wanted

blogtwins2 Looking for Light-Keeper volunteer work on a rocky island off the coast of Rockport, Massachusetts?

The Thacher Island Association is searching for two volunteer Lighthouse Keepers to help maintain the Twin Lights of Thacher Island, the iconic symbol of Rockport.

Paul St. Germain is offering a one-week apprenticeship program to train two assistant Lighthouse Keepers next summer.

Both trainees will work hard without pay for the dream of living free in one of the Keeper’s houses. Who said the best things in life are free?

Interested Candidates must

1. be a Nail Bender capable of nailing anything together, aka Carpentry skills,

2. be a Handy Man ready to fix and operate equipment in a flash, aka Mechanical skills,

3. have a soiled reputation, aka Landscaping skills,

4. possess basic CPR skills just in case you die of a lonely heart on the isolated island,

5. possess a passion to help Lighthouse campers and tourists, and

6. have a great sense of humor to do all this for the starting salary of $0.00 per hour!

All interested working volunteers can send their resumes to 155 South St., Rockport, MA 01966.

On Dec 21, 1771, the Twin Lights of Thacher Island were first lit as the first station to mark a navigational menace instead of a harbor entrance. The Light Station was important to American coastal trade, transatlantic mariners, and the international trade that entered Massachusetts Bay during the nineteenth century.

Currently, the North Light Tower is a private aid to navigation and the South Light Tower is an Active Coast Guard Aid to navigation. “The fishermen and lobstermen who go by it all the time like to see the lights lit. So we do it for old times’ sake and as a memorial for past mariners who have sailed there,” according to Paul St. Germain, president of the Thacher Island Association.

Of the 800 standing American Lighthouses, 400 Lighthouse are Active Coast Guard Aids to navigation as a visual aid for the safety of all mariners!

For more information about the Lighthouses, please visit the previous post “Camping at a Lighthouse” and click on the photo of this post.

Related News Story:

Wanted: Lighthouse keepers; hard work, no pay

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Turkey Point Lighthouse Thanksgiving

blogturkey Where American turkeys see their Thanksgiving Light?

Where Light-keepers kept turkeys in the coop,
And the Beacon Bird fell asleep on the stoop,

Dreaming of being well fed,
The Keeper’s wife removed his head,

His wife was not bluffing,
As she crammed in the stuffing,

She cooked the Beacon Bird to a tender heat,
For her family to gobble up their Thanksgiving meat!

~ Thanksgiving Poem by Debbie Dolphin ~

May you have a happy and tasteful Thanksgiving!

Turkey Point was most likely named for the migration of Turkey Buzzards (aka Turkey Vultures) flying over Turkey Point. Later, Lighthouse Keeper families at Turkey Point Light Station tended a vegetable garden and raised livestock including chickens and turkeys.

In 1833, a 35-feet high conical brick Tower was built on 100-foot high bluff at the southern point of Elk Neck, Maryland, the head of the Chesapeake Bay and the junction of the North East River and Elk River.Turkey Point Lighthouse was First Lit on August 10, 1833 exhibiting a Fixed White Light illuminated by 11 Lewis Lamps and 15-inch reflectors 129-feet above sea level to a visible range of 8 nautical miles guiding mariners from the Bay entering Elk River heading for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

A 32-inch wide Red Sector of the Lantern Room marked the shallow sandbars of the Susquehanna Flats during low tide. In 1855, the Tower was refitted with a Fourth-order Fresnel lens. The Lighthouse was automated and changed to a Flashing White Light in 1947.

After automation, the neglected unmanned Light Station was vandalized and the Fresnel Lens was stolen. The Coast Guard demolished the Keeper’s house in 1971 and deactivated the Lighthouse by removing the solar-powered 250mm lens in April 2000.

In 2001, the Lighthouse was leased to the non-profit group, Turkey Point Light Station Inc., who restored the Lighthouse as an Active Private Aid to Navigation on November 30, 2002 exhibiting a Flashing White Light every 6-seconds.

In 2004, Turkey Point Lighthouse became available under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 and ownership of the Lighthouse was transferred to the State of Maryland in 2006.

Turkey Point Light Station Inc. signed a 30 year lease to manage and maintain the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is open every weekend and on holidays from 11 am to 4 pm.Turkey Point Lighthouse was nicknamed the “Ladies Lamp” because women served as Lighthouse Keepers for 89 years of 115 manned years! Fannie May Salter was the most famous Light-keeper and she served 22 years after the death of her husband. Fannie May was the last American woman Lighthouse Keeper.

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For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Turkey Point Lighthouse.

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