Bird Island Lighthouse Light-keeper retires

birdisland.jpg Charles Bradley Jr., the chairman of the Bird Island Preservation Society and the unofficial keeper of Bird Island Lighthouse has resigned due to changes in his life.

Since 1991, Bradley, a former Marion Harbormaster, has been the principal preservationist in restoring the Lighthouse. After raising $123,000 for the restoration work, Bird Island Lighthouse was reactivated as a Private Aid to Navigation on July 4, 1997.

Bradley also noted the importance of the Lighthouse by stating, “A lot of fishermen use the light to guide them in when they’re out there after dark.” Marion is also a active sailing harbor with major events like the Marion to Bermuda yacht race.

Bradley hopes the future chairman of the Bird Island Preservation Society will raise the funds to maintain the Lighthouse.
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Lighthouse Background:

A 29-feet high rubblestone Lighthouse was built to mark Bird Island Reef, Centerboard Shoal, and the entrance to Sippican Harbor when Marion was part of the town of Rochester. The Lighthouse was First Lit on Sep 1, 1819 by William S. Moore and exhibited a Revolving White light illuminated by ten oil lamps and 14-inch reflectors. The revolving illuminating apparatus exhibited a flash every 72 seconds.

According to a local Lighthouse Legend, the island and Lighthouse is haunted by the wife of the first Lighthouse keeper. Light-keeper William S. Moore was a pirate who was banished to Bird Island and he allegedly murdered his wife in the lighthouse according to local rumors. Other local residents believed he refused to take his wife to the mainland for medical care after she became ill. In both legends, Moore buried his wife on the island and disappeared. Later Light-keepers believed her ghost was “rapping at the door during the night.”

On June 15, 1933, Bird Island Light was decommissioned due to the new deployment of lighted buoys marking the main shipping channel to the Cape Cod Canal.

For more historical details of the Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.

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For a Map Location of the Lighthouse, please visit the Google Map of the Bird Island Lighthouse

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on April 10, 2008, in Haunted Lighthouses, Preservation News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hi Bobby,

    I hope you mean isolation?
    No doubt, the local pleasure craft owners and fisherman will drop by from time to time with fresh Google Pork Rations and some fine wine like a bottle of Tenuta di Trinoro Tenuta di Trinoro 2001 from the Technorati wine cellar so you can party with Moore’s wife! 😉

  2. Hi Kathy,

    Might be intriguing to spend a night,
    to search for a spectral sight!

    Hopefully, the yacht owners who use Sippican Harbor as their home port will support the Lighthouse.

  3. Looks like there’s an opportunity for me to live in total desolation; I cannot wait to replace Bradley! If Moore’s wife raps on the door, I will definitely let her in. I’m sure it gets quite lonely out there:)

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  4. Spooky Tales!!

    Lets hope the new caretaker will keep this light in good working order.

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  5. Hi Bluebird Portrait Painter,

    The Seagulls (Larus atricilla aka the Laughing Gull) drop bird bombs on the ghosts, pirates, and lighthouses as they laugh and fly away! 🙂

  6. where are the birds Debbie…
    did the pirate dispose of them too or is the ghost of the poor woman scaring them away….
    this reminds me of that Hitchcock film …The Birds….eek how suspenseful was that movie !!

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  7. Hi Speedy of the Caribbean,

    Buccaneer Debbie D has smoked out another Lighthouse haunting 🙂

    Has the Hot Air of Al Gore melted the recent blizzard in your borough?
    Have a great weekend, my friend!

  8. 1819? I was a young man of 20, and worked as a pirate on the Gondola Mackaw.
    So many lighthouses have a history rich with intrigue, drama, and haunting. When the doors start flappin` I go South … or West.
    Happy weekend Debbie D!

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