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Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse Thanksgiving


Recently, Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, approved the National Park Service’s recommendation to transfer ownership of Whaleback Lighthouse to the American Lighthouse Foundation, the key New England volunteer organization responsible for saving and preserving twenty Lighthouse Treasures.

The 50-foot high granite Lighthouse actively guards the entrance to the Piscataqua River and marks the approach to Portsmouth Harbor. Both the Beacon and Fog Signal will be maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The historic Lighthouse structure will be restored and preserved by the teamwork of the American Lighthouse Foundation and their local chapter, the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

We are thankful that another New England Treasure has been saved and this distinctive coastal icon will be preserved for everyone to visit someday in the near future.

*Lighthouse Background:
For historic, Lighthouse Cruises, and travel information about Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.

*Map Location:
For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Whaleback Ledge Light

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Whaleback Lighthouse Receives New Keepers, November 18, 2008

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Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse Tour

blogwhaleback On Sep 18, 2007, the Coast Guard opened Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse for tours to the nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring the Light. The tours are a part of the application process provided by the General Services Administration, the real estate agent for the Lighthouse. The National Parks Service will review the applications and decide who will own Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse based on their financial, management, and preservation plans.

After the inspection, Casey Jordan, president of Beacon Preservation in Ansonia, Connecticut, noted the Lighthouse was like “the Rock of Gibraltar; it’s in such good shape.” Hampton, NH-based Lifewise Community Projects and the American Lighthouse Foundation in Rockland, Maine also inspected the Lighthouse on Thursday.

The following link provides information about the Lighthouse to prospective owners: Notice of Availability
The pdf document has some interesting photos of the interior of the Lighthouse and the boat dock access to the Lighthouse.

From the news article or absent from the news article, there was no mention of a PETA Lighthouse Cafe which is a good sign that only interested nonprofit groups will preserve, maintain, and provide Coast Guard access to Light to keep the Beacon functional!

Based on the feedback comments from Timothy Harrison and Jeremy D’Entremont in the previous post, Lighthouse Support, the future of Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse is looking bright!

For more information about Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.

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For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse

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Lighthouse Support

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Beacon bidders harbor hope

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Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse Support?

blogwhaleback From June 17 to Aug 17, 2007, the federal government announced the Whaleback Ledge Light was available to eligible non-profit organizations expressing interest in owning the Lighthouse. Several news stories and blog posts reported the sensational headline campaign of PETAs War on Fish after PETA submitted a letter of interest to acquire the historic granite Lighthouse marking the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor.

Yet, the equally astonishing news of the missing local support from the coastal communities of Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME to save their symbol of Portsmouth Harbor has not been reported.

Ironically, both Maine and New Hampshire disputed whether the historic Tower was a Maine Lighthouse or New Hampshire Lighthouse for years until the Supreme Court decision established the Lighthouse was built on a ledge located on the Maine side of the Piscataqua River channel near Kittery Point, Maine in 1976.

The lack of local support is surprising in a time when New England communities are saving their Lighthouses. Perhaps, both sea towns were hoping the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF), who has a license to preserve the historical landmark, would apply for ownership.

And, according to the news story published last week by Seacoast online, the ALF is one of five non-profit agencies interested in ownership yet, Tim Harrison, president of the American Lighthouse Foundation, has said “his organization would like to become its new steward, they simply don’t have the money to maintain such a structure, partly because of its island location.” Unfortunately, the story does not explain why the American Lighthouse Foundation submitted their letter of interest after they determined their organization does not have the financial resources to maintain the stone Beacon because of the remote offshore location last year.

Furthermore, Kittery’s town manager, Jon Carter stated Whaleback is a “historic icon to the Portsmouth/ Kittery port entrance, but he is not sure his town wants to take charge and become its owner or co-owner.” Kittery may be the first New England community to leave the fate of their quintessential Lighthouse to a outside organization!

Seacoast online lists the following “eligible” non-profit organizations as:
1. the American Lighthouse Foundation of Rockland, Maine,
2. the American Light Foundation of Bedminster, New Jersey,
3. Beacon Preservation Inc. of Ansonia, Connecticut,
4. Lifewise Community Projects of Hampton, New Hampshire,
5. PETA of Norfolk, Va.

And, I doubt the local residents will appreciate a PETA War on Seafood Lighthouse cafe on their waterfront!

For more information about Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.

blue_starMap Location:
For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Whaleback Light

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A Beacon to save Fish?
Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse for sale?

Related News Story:
Local group to join PETA lighthouse bid

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Please note: Timothy Harrison has added a comment explaining why the American Lighthouse Foundation submitted their letter of interest as the only opportunity in the process to find resources or partners who will “work together to restore and maintain the structure.” For everyone who appreciates the picturesque scenic coast, I hope Tim is successful! The quaint seacoast villages of Kittery would not be the same without their popular rugged stone Lighthouse!

Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse for sale?

blogwhaleback A Maine landmark off the coast of Kittery is available to local governments and non-profit organizations at no cost. The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that the Lighthouse is excess due to expensive maintenance costs yet, they will continue to keep access for maintaining and operating the automated beacon.

Whaleback Light was licensed to The American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) for historical preservation in October, 2005. The ALF assessed the condition of the Lighthouse on February 21, 2006 and determined they do not have the finances to maintain the rugged Tower because of the remote location. Eligible organizations need to submit a letter of interest by Aug 17, 2007. The granite Lighthouse could be sold to the highest bidder at public auction if there is no response by the due date.

Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse is a distinctive 53-feet high Granite Tower built on Whaleback Ledge at the mouth of the Piscataqua River to mark the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire. The Lighthouse was built in 1872 to replace earlier Lighthouses and exhibits 2 White Flashes every 10 seconds illuminated by a DCB-224 Aerobeacon 59-feet above sea level to a range of 17 nautical miles.

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For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Whaleback Light

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Landmark for sale?
Kittery lighthouse looking for a buyer

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