Lost Nova Scotia Beacon
This is the Wolfville Lighthouse on Lighthouse Pier and the remains of the old dyke in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sadly, the 22-foot-tall lighthouse, built in 1904, no longer stands. We’d like to locate better close-up images of the lighthouse.
Lighthouse keeper Vincent Hughes is shown here helping his wife, Iris, with the laundry on June 19, 1973 at the Lowestoft Lighthouse in Lowestoft, England. The newspaper caption that went with this photo said that because tour buses stop regularly at the front door, their life was far from lonely at this lighthouse. It was reported that during his 40 year career Vincent Hughes had been stationed at many of the lighthouses that dot the English and Welsh coasts. He retired in 1975, when the Lowestoft Lighthouse was automated. Vincent Hughes was born on March 31, 1910 and died at the age of 74 on October 18, 1984; he was buried in Stowmarket, Suffolk, England. The Lowestoft Lighthouse was first established way back in 1609. The current tower was built in 1874.
Lighthouse Inn Mystery Photo
Unfortunately, many of the photos in our archives do not say when or where the photo was taken, and they do not include the name of the person who appears in the photo, as is the case with this image. The only small clue we have in this photo is the name LIGHTHOUSE INN – CAB on the car door, which we assume is late 1940s or very earlier 1950s. The number 1360 could be a phone number. If anyone can help us with additional information on this photo, we’d love to hear from you. Please email email us at Editor@LighthouseDigest.com or by mail to P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630.
Santa Barbara Breakwater Lighthouse
A number of workmen are shown here in 1949 working on Santa Barbara Breakwater Lighthouse in Santa Barbara, California; the structure no longer stands. This photo was taken by BMC Wilfred R. Gardes, who was stationed at a number of California lifeboat stations and lighthouses in the 1940s and 1950s.
Visiting Abandoned Coquille River Light
In April 1966, Howard L. Kehl, president of the Aero Club, and M.E. Boak, president of the Bandon, Oregon Chamber of Commerce, paid a visit to the abandoned 1896 Coquille River Lighthouse, probably to discuss the tourist draw that a restored lighthouse could bring to the community. Look closely and you will notice the cracks in the walls of the attached fog signal building and its severe roof damage. Also, the lantern no longer has a lens. The lighthouse is now part of Bullards Beach State Park.
Right Outside Your Door
This photo, dated May 30, 1990, shows Lisa and Larry Pagel, who, at the time, lived in one unit of the former keeper’s house at Rawley Point Lighthouse in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The current tower originally served as the Chicago River Pierhead Lighthouse and was moved to this site in 1894. Also known as the Twin Rivers Point Lighthouse, the structure is now in the Point Beach State Forest. How would you like to step out your door every morning by the giant legs of the lighthouse resting right at your feet?
Abandoned New Dorp Light
The abandoned 1856 New Dorp Lighthouse in Staten Island, New York is shown here from a photo taken on July 19, 1972 when the General Services Administration was hoping that a local government entity or nonprofit would take over the lighthouse to preserve it for public use. At that time, the lighthouse had been abandoned since 1964. However, after no organization wanted the property, in 1974 it was sold at a public auction for $32,000 to a local resident named John Vokral, who restored it. The lighthouse has remained privately owned since then.
Visitors to Greens Ledge
It was very unusual to have visitors show up at Greens Ledge Lighthouse in Long Island Sound near Norwalk, Connecticut. However, this photo, from a recent addition to the archives of Lighthouse Digest from Capt. Malachy J. Murray, shows that a group of Jesuit students from Easton, Massachusetts did just that. Just how they got there and why they stopped by for a visit may never be known. Photographs of life at Greens Ledge Lighthouse, which is also known as Greens Reef Lighthouse, are rare, especially those that have the names of everyone in the photo.
Standing in the back (l-r) is W. Keliher, lighthouse keeper Thomas J. Murray, and Peter McKane. Seated in the front (l-r) are Al Mc Guinn, Gene O’Keefe, and Ed O’Keefe. (Circa 1924.)
Greens Ledge Lighthouse as it appeared when it was a staffed Coast Guard Lighthouse. Apparently sometime after automation in the 1970s, the canopy over the lower deck was removed. In 2015, the lighthouse was sold at a government auction and it is now under the care of the Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society.
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