Thursday, April 2, 2015

page 144 -- Lighthouses galore!

updated 28 January 2016
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This card might depict the LV11 or its successor, the LV39, which
sank while under tow and is now rotting off the coast of New England.
Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. has a history of the LV39 on its
site, along with some pictures of the wreck.
The LV39 was stationed at Brenton Reef, RI 1897-1935.
For more information, see R. Holmes page on Brenton Reef Light History.
According to Wikipedia, "Block Island Southeast Light is a lighthouse located on Mohegan Bluffs at the southeastern corner of Block IslandRhode Island. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1997 as one of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses built in the United States in the 19th century." Jerry D'Entremont Photography has some excellent photos for sale and a great slide show, too. He is a leading
authority on New England lighthouses and maritime history.


Managing organization:

Block Island Southeast Lighthouse Foundation, Box 949 Block Island, RI 02807. Phone (401)


 466-5009. 

Email: selight@verizon.net


As of January 2016, demolition was a possibility for this fine historic light. Although it looks great from a distance, the structure is falling apart rapidly, as there are no funds to maintian it properly. Please do what you can to preserve it! Click on the link above. Thanks!

Some of the images appearing on a Google Image search  for Stepping Stones Light follow:



My family and I visited Highland Light on Cape Cod -- at its former location. As with many shorelines, Cape Cod's sand cliffs are eroding rapidly into the ocean as sea levels rise. (Not too long from now, the National Seashore may be a shoal with perhaps a few widely scattered tidal islands!)

In the meantime, however, Highland Light has been "saved" by moving it inland. There, it waits again for the shoreline to arrive at its base.

New England Lighthouses: a virtual guide has a beautiful slide show featuring Boston Light.
They also have a detailed history page which is excellent.
LV 16
From Wikipedia:

United States Lightship LV-16 (Sandy Hook)


LV-16 served as a marker in the 1887 America's Cup race.
sail-schooner built of white oak with copper and brass fastenings, Sandy Hook marked the south edge of the Ambrose Channel for 37 years, from 1854 to 1891. She was assigned the number 16 in 1862, prior to which she was known simply as the Sandy HookSandy Hook was equipped with 2 lanterns, each with 8 oil lamps and reflectors, as well as a hand rung bell for a fog warning. A Thiers automatic bilge pump, ventilator, and fog signal were installed in 1872; however, the fog signal was found to be "unsatisfactory" and was removed.








The Google Image search for Owl's Head (Maine) shows one has to be in great shape to reach the light:


For history complete to 2014, when Bobby Sager, Polaroid Chair and philanthropist,
purchased Minot's Light, see Lighthouse Friends.

Time will fly when you watch
Victor Mastone lecture on the archeology of this site.
(from YouTube)

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is a goldmine of information
about the current condition and the history of this famous landmark.



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