Digest>May/Jun 2018

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Moaning Maggie
In 1959, the old fog horn system at California’s Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse, shown in these two photos, was literally put to sleep forever by the United States Coast Guard. The old for horns, known as “Moaning Maggie” or Moanin’ Maggie,” were so popular with the mariners, as well as with the locals, that the lighthouse itself was often referred to as Moanin’ Maggie, rather than by its real name. But to the dismay of many, old Moanin’ Maggie was discontinued in 1959 and was replaced by a new fog horn with a higher-pitched tone that was disliked by nearly everyone. Today, the constant moaning of the fog horn that so many consider romantic and soothing is nearly becoming a thing of the past. (Lighthouse Digest archives.)

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Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse
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