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Keeper Dreaming of the Past


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When a York, Maine newspaper recently published this photo of tourists admiring Cape Neddick’s Nubble Lighthouse Station they had no idea what they were really publishing.

However, what we see is a retired Coast Guardsman and former lighthouse keeper and his wife and one of their daughters still dreaming of the good old days of living and growing up at a lighthouse; polishing the brass, filling the oil tanks for the light, and winding up the weights, all things that disappeared when automation came to the lighthouses.

Paul Baptiste served as a keeper at Bakers Island Lighthouse in Massachusetts from 1946 to 1951 and Monhegan Lighthouse in Maine from 1952 to 1954.

This story appeared in the June 2010 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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