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Keeper Robert Gerlof was the most famous and longest-serving keeper of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Born on November 11, 1860, Gerlof started his career as a seafarer in his native Germany at age 18. After immigrating to the United States in 1882, he continued his vocation by working on the Portland waterfront until he joined the U.S. Lighthouse Service as a seaman on the Columbia River Light-Vessel 50 in 1898. He was on the Columbia when she broke her moorings in the intense gale of 1899 and was stranded on Cape Disappointment. (Courtesy Jean Hayward Wilkinson)
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The Grand Old Man of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Honored
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