Honoring First Lady Keeper
On April 13, 2019, a U.S. Lighthouse Service memorial grave marker was placed at the gravesite of Hannah Thomas at the Old Burying Ground in Kingston, Massachusetts. Shown is Sally Snowman (l), the official keeper of Boston Harbor Lighthouse, with Susan Beaulieu who is portraying Hannah Thomas, the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States who served at Plymouth (Gurnet) Lighthouse in Massachusetts. The event was sponsored by the volunteers of Project Gurnet and Bug Lights. (Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.)
Choppers Over Tybee Island
Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopters fly along the Savannah River over Tybee Island Lighthouse in Savannah, Georgia. In case you are wondering, the photographer is on the other chopper. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)
Guiding the Way
This sign, designed by Nancy Patterson Tidy, helps guide visitors to the East Point Lighthouse in Maurice River, New Jersey. In 2017, the restored lighthouse was rededicated. For hours of operation, you can visit their Facebook page or call them at (856) 785-0349.
Painting of Forty Mile Point Light by Robert Koch
Forty Mile Point Light, aptly named, being situated 40 miles southeast of Old Mackinac Point and 40 northwest of Thunder Bay was completed in 1896. Forty Mile Point’s last official lighthouse keeper was C. P. Tupper. In November 1998, the Deed to the property was turned over to the county. Since that time, the county and the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society have been working to restore and preserve the entire site. (U.S.C.G. photo.)
Facelift at Kinnaird
Hanging high from Scotland’s Kinnaird Lighthouse are two painters giving the lighthouse a sprucing up. How many of you would like that job? (Photo courtesy of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.)
White Shoal Mural
A beautiful mural of Michigan’s White Shoal Lighthouse is on the wall of Lighthouse Room at the Deer Head Inn in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The White Shoal Lighthouse is undergoing a massive restoration thanks to the efforts of the White Shoal Lighthouse Preservation Society. To learn more about what’s going on at White Shoal Lighthouse go to www.preservewhiteshoal.org. To learn more about the Deer Head Inn go to www.deerhead.com (Photo by Keith Stokes.)
Keeper Makes Appearance
The former head keeper of Oregon’s Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Robert Gerlof (Mike Leamy) was roaming the galleries at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon during the weekend his grave marker ceremony was held, telling his story to museum guests. It was nice that he felt it was important enough to come to the museum so that he could educate people about Tillamook Rock Lighthouse! (Photo by Debra Baldwin.)
The Last Lens Photo in Kewaunee
Shown here is one of a number of the last photos ever taken of the 5th order lens inside the lantern of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, before it was removed and put on display at the Kewaunee Historical Society Museum. The lens had been in use in the lighthouse since 1913 when the lighthouse station was first established. The Coast Guard claimed that the lens was suffering from deterioration from age, as well as harsh weather conditions. (Photo by Jake Heffernan, Quarterdeck Media www.quarterdeckmedia.com).
Army Corps Visiting Makapu’u
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn, Honolulu District Deputy District Commander Maj. Josh Sturgill, and Pacific Ocean Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Command Sgt. Maj. Patrickson Toussaint led roughly 40 Division and District personnel, families, and friends on a two-mile hike to view the sunrise from the Corps of Engineers-built Makapu`u Lighthouse this past April to celebrate the 114th Birthday of the District. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Makapu’u Lighthouse in 1909 on a 647-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapu’u Beach in southeast Oahu, Hawaii. The Corps’ history in Hawaii and the Pacific began in 1905 when Lt. John Slattery became the District’s first commander. His original mission was to construct lighthouses such as the Makapu’u Lighthouse which is in a critical location passed by all ships moving between Honolulu and the U.S. Mainland. The lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. (Group photo by Bryanna Poulin; Makapu’u Lighthouse photo by David Walberg.)
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