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Irbensky Lighthouse Cruise Control

irben.jpg On May 4th, the German owned 994-passenger cruise ship, Mona Lisa, ran aground on a sandbar in the Irbe Strait of the Baltic Sea 11-miles off the coast of Latvia after the ship’s navigator plotted a maneuvering mistake and navigated the ship on the wrong side of the Lighthouse!

The cruise ship embarked on a 10-day tour of the Baltic Sea from Kiel, Germany and was en route to Riga, Latvia’s capital, when the navigator Zigged Left of the Lighthouse instead of Zagging Right of Irbensky Lighthouse! Apparently, the GPS “traffic cop” was on his Dunkin’ Donut break? 😀

According to Coast guard spokeswoman Liene Ulbine, “A total 662 passengers have been evacuated from the cruise ship Mona Lisa. There are no signs of distress” after six Latvian coast guard and naval vessels failed to refloat the vessel overnight.

Photo credit: GT Corporation, Irbensky Lighthouse was prefabricated by the GT Corporation. The modern 125-feet high cylindrical steel concrete tower was towed and installed at the site in the Irbensky Strait from 1980 to 1985. Irbensky Light exhibits a Flashing White Light every 10-seconds 115-feet above sea level.

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Google Map of Irbensky Lighthouse

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The Blue Beacon illuminates Papa Smurf Paul Karason

blubeacon.jpg In a true blue story, Paul Karason permanently tattooed himself using colloidal silver, a home remedy he used to treat a facial skin condition ten years ago. Paul turned Papa Smurf blue at the age of 47!

To Smurf your whole day long, watch Paul’s smurftastic video!

With a Papa Smurf colloidal silver facial mask, you too can look blue when you feel blue! Paul will show you how to bake a Silver Smurfberry cake and squeeze some silver into your sasparilla juice!

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Who says cartoon characters cannot come to life?????
Paul is a Beacon of Blue Light brightening the colorful culture of California!

With web sites offering manuals showing people how to make colloidal silver, Papa Smurf Paul Karason may have started a new Californian fad for people who are sad!

Kim gallery.gif, don’t be gobsmacked… Be on the lookout devwatch.gif for Speedy the Smurfinator vmgp2.gif in your silicon dreams content.gif!

On a serious note (there is a serious side to this story?), Colloidal silver was used as an antibiotic by Doctors before the invention of penicillin in the 1930s.

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Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse Endangered by Politics?

blogchantry After years of neglecting Canadian Lighthouses, some of our Canadian cousins have acquired a profound sense of urgency to save the symbols of their maritime heritage.

After 24 years of automation, the Lighthouse was abandoned in 1983. According to the Canadian Coast Guard, Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse is structurally unstable when they deactivated the Lighthouse in 2003. And, about one third of the outer wall on the Northeast face fell on December 1, 2004 according to retired schoolteacher Jim Kilgour.

On Nov 29th, 2007, Kilgour met with the Collingwood Council and the Architechural Conservancy of Ontario to discuss the heritage value of the Lighthouse Landmark and ideas on raising federal funds to cover the estimated $4.5 million restoration cost. Forget the Californian Gold Rush at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and head north to Lighthouse Gold Rush in Canada!

Seriously, whether a endangered Lighthouse is an American or Canadian Lighthouse, a ounce of prevention would have been far less expensive than the many pounds needed for the cure. There are several solutions that have worked for years like the Caretaker programs, Lighthouse Bed & Breakfasts, or Lighthouse museums. If these solutions can not work for our Canadian cousins than the Canadian Mounties can maintain the Lighthouse as a Lookout Station shining a Light on the eco-terrorists and outlaws!

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Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse was First Lit on Nov 30, 1858 as one of the four “Imperial Towers(1)” aiding mariners entering Collingwood Harbor. Collingwood was a key center for shipping goods to western Canada. The 80-foot high limestone Tower exhibited a Revolving White Light illuminated by a Second-order Fresnel lens 86-feet above the bay of Lake Huron.

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

(1) Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse is one of six identical Lighthouses, named the “Imperial Towers,” built by John Brown around the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. The Imperial Towers at Cove Island, Griffith Island, Christian Island, and Nottawasaga Island guided mariners entering the Georgian Bay and approaching Collingwood Harbor.

Cove Island Light (Google Map) marks the entrance to Georgian Bay,Griffith Island Light (Google Map) marks the the entrance to Colpoy’s Bay and the western approach to Collingwood Harbor, and Christian Island Light (Google Map) marks the approach to Collingwood Harbor from the North shore of the bay.

The other two Imperial Towers were First Lit on April 1, 1859 to aid mariners on Lake Huron:

Chantry Island Light (Google Map) marked the approach to Southampton and Point Clark Light (Google Map) marks a dangerous reef extending out into Lake Huron.

(2) Due to the advanced state of disrepair, the photo of this post is Chantry Island Lighthouse which is identical to Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse.

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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 DailyFreeman.com, 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

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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.
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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.

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Wanted: Lighthouse keepers; hard work, no pay

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