Riding the Shrimp Train
Tourists riding the Shrimp Tour Train on May 5, 1968 as they pass the 1848 Biloxi Lighthouse in Biloxi, Mississippi on their 90-minute heritage and history tour. Although the train still operates to this day, it is now pulled by a jeep, and is called the Biloxi Tour Train. (Photo by Chauncey T. Hinman)
Although this UPI Radiophoto is grainy, it shows an Israeli military helicopter that partook in the raid, dubbed Operation Rhodes, against the Egyptian Island of Shadwan on January 22, 1970, during the War of Attrition. It was carried out by Israeli paratroopers and Shayetet 13 naval commandos, who took control of the island and the lighthouse for over a day before leaving with 62 captured Egyptian soldiers and radar equipment. This is another slice of lighthouse history that has been saved in the archives of Lighthouse Digest.
Scaffolding at Nobska
Workers from Associated Scaffolding are shown on September 13, 2017 setting up to get ready for the restoration of Nobska Lighthouse in Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Heaslip, courtesy Cape Cod Times)
The Battle of Cape Florida Lighthouse
On April 7, 1991 John Ayer, right, in the role of Cape Florida’s assistant lighthouse keeper John W. Thompson, fires back at Seminole Indians, while Greg Elias, in the role of handyman Aaron Carter, ducks their returning gunfire in a reenactment of the July 12, 1836 attack on the lighthouse. In real life, Aaron Carter was killed in the battle and assistant keeper Thompson was severely wounded. He was rescued the next day by the crew of a Naval vessel. (Photo by Brian Smith)
Oregon State University’s Research buoy, Totem 1, is shown here as it was being moored on June 9, 1970 by scientists, technicians, and Coast Guard personnel about 30 miles off the central Oregon coast. The buoy was about 180 feet long and had a radio transmitter that automatically sent out information on conditions at sea such as wind velocity and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature, and ocean currents.
One of the Great Excursion Ships
This old photo, perhaps taken with an old Brownie Box Camera, shows the Cleveland Buffalo Steamship Company’s excursion ship City of Grand Rapids going past the St. Joseph North Pierhead Inner Lighthouse. At one time, it was the steamship line’s largest vessel on the Great Lakes. Although gambling was allowed onboard once the ship was three miles out, in 1943 Chicago Police raided the ship and seized 20 slot machines. After the heyday of the big passenger ships on the Great Lakes, the vessel lingered for a number of years until 1952 when it was auctioned off piece by piece, and as one newspaper reported, “from steering wheels and compasses to linens.”
Last Known Photo
Taken on June 15, 1951, this is likely the last known photo that shows both the Bergen Point Lighthouse in New Jersey and the Bayonne Bridge before the lighthouse was blown up four days later. The dramatic exclusive photo of the lighthouse being blown up was in the March/April 2020 edition of Lighthouse Digest.
Who is This Lady “Seeing the USA” at Old Point Loma?
We are 99% positive that this photo, published on June 29, 1967, was part of the highly successful “See the USA in Your Chevrolet” popular promotional campaign made famous in song by entertainer Diana Shore. Featured in this image is an attractive lady, most likely a professional model, holding a camera by a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe with California’s Old Point Loma Lighthouse in the background. But who is she? To help preserve the history of this photograph, perhaps one of our readers will know who she is. If so, please write to us, or email us at Editor@LighthouseDigest.com.
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