Monday, May 7, 2018

Brand new book - "All About Nubble Light"


Nubble Light in York, Maine, is as pretty a lighthouse as you’ll ever see, but it also has another tremendous advantage. Unlike so many lighthouses that are perched in remote locations, often far offshore, Nubble Light is easy for the average person to see. It is, however, on an island. You can drive to Sohier Park for a breathtaking view of the lighthouse—but you can’t get on the island, even though it’s less than 200 feet away.



Some people believe that’s part of Nubble Light’s charm. You can get tantalizingly close, but you can’t quite touch it. In any case, this is indisputably one of the world’s best-loved lighthouses, and an icon of the rocky Maine coast. With the possible exception of Portland Head Light, Nubble Light has been utilized more than any other lighthouse in art and advertising.



This new book by Jeremy D'Entremont, published by Cider Mill Press of Kennebunkport, is a treasure trove of facts, figures, and lore about this well-loved beacon.  160 pages, with hundreds of historical and recent illustrations. A must-have for lovers of Nubble Light and lighthouses in general!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New book chronicles Boston Light's three centuries of history

Boston Light, aptly dubbed the “ideal American lighthouse” by the historian Edward Rowe Snow, holds a place of honor among our nation’s beacons. This was the first light station established on the North American continent, and the last in the United States to be automated. It’s also our only light station that still retains an official keeper. Seasonal public tours provide the public with the opportunity to experience this cultural treasure up close, and few attractions in New England can approach the thrilling panorama of the harbor and city seen from the lighthouse’s lantern.
This new book tells Boston Light's story, including heroic rescues and tragedies, hurricanes and blizzards, moving human drama, advances in technology, and much more. 

Soft cover, 106 pages. With dozens of photos and illustrations.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Online auction for Friends of Flying Santa

Friends of Flying Santa, a nonprofit organization, is carrying on an 87-year-old tradition that brings holiday joy to U.S. Coast Guard families in the Northeast. The yearly helicopter visits and gifts for the children are small tokens of appreciation for the outstanding work of the Coast Guard and their supportive families. The flights were started by Bill Wincapaw in 1929 as a way of thanking lighthouse keepers and their families. You can read all about this heartwarming tradition at www.flyingsanta.org.
Although Friends of Flying Santa receives vital support from companies and pilots each year, the toys and other expenses are paid for through many small donations. This year there are plans to add an additional 150-200 Coast Guard children to our Flying Santa route. To help with these new expenses, a month-long auction is being held on Biddingowl.com. The auction began on April 1 and will continue until noon on May 1.
Some of the items included are:
- Overnight stays at Race Point, Borden Flats (right), and Little River lighthouses.
- Signed copies of lighthouse-related books.
- Antique lighthouse postcards.
- Private tours of lighthouses.
- Cruises to view lighthouses.
- Scenic flights.
- Collectibles, clothing, and more.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise on March 26!

Venture out for a rare close-up look at eight historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound, in Connecticut and New York.

Participants aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound will make close passes by these lighthouses: Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Stamford Harbor, Great Captain Island, Execution Rocks, Stepping Stones, Sands Point, and Eatons Neck.

Revolutionary in design, the new catamaran Spirit of the Sound is the only research vessel in North America with hybrid-electric propulsion. She runs virtually silently on electric power. Passengers must be over 42" tall. If under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.

The Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise will also be offered on Sat., April 23, and Sat., May 28.

The six-hour cruise departs at 9:00 a.m. Special guest on the March 26 cruise will be Jeremy D'Entremont, who has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses. He is the author or co-author of more than 12 books, including The Lighthouses of Connecticut and The Lighthouse Handbook: New England.

Jeremy and Aquarium educators will share histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound’s visiting winter waterfowl. Binoculars are provided. Lighthouse Cruises are a special photo opportunity for both lighthouse buffs and bird-watchers, so bring your camera! R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin.

Tickets are $75 ($65 for Aquarium members). Advance purchase is required. Capacity is limited to 25. Reserve your tickets by clicking here, or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lighthouses & Keepers: A Symposium – June 4, 2016 in Kittery, Maine

Come join the American Lighthouse Foundation and Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses on June 4, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m., for a symposium at the Kittery Lions Club, 117 State Road (Route 1), in Kittery, Maine.
Proceeds will benefit the American Lighthouse Foundation and its local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Refreshments will be available, and a raffle will include books and other lighthouse-related items. Admission is $15 per person, or $25 for two people.
Program:
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Russ Lane, Sr., at Whitehead Island in August 2015.
1) Russ Lane, Jr., will present his video documentary “Looking for a Hero” that tells the story of the amazing rescue his father performed when he was a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper at Whitehead Island in Maine in 1958. Russ Lane’s actions on that day saved the lives of five young people.
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Ida Lewis
2) Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions will present her video documentary , “America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light.” The Emmy-nominated film brings to life the extraordinary story of Ida Zoradia Lewis, America’s most famous woman lighthouse keeper. Ida took over the duties at Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, R.I. at the age of 15 when her father suffered a stroke in the 1850s. She tended the light for more than 50 years and also single-handedly rescued at least 18 people.
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Conimicut Light
3) Frederick Mikkelsen will give a presentation on his days (1958-60) as a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper, entitled, “Checked Main Light – Lighthouse Life in the 1950s” Frederick will tell about his most terrifying experience in his years at Conimicut Lighthouse in Rhode Island—a 1960 hurricane—along with other true tales of lighthouse keeping.
alf_logo_sq964) Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and Jeremy D’Entremont, founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, will speak about the mission of these organizations to preserve our lighthouses and their history, followed by questions and answers.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Tragedy at Deer Island Light - 100 Years Ago


Early postcard of Deer Island Light
Joseph McCabe arrived as assistant keeper of Deer Island Light in Boston Harbor in June 1908. He made the pages of the Boston Globe in March 1913, when he purchased a piano and had it delivered to the lighthouse to "break the monotony of the lonely life in the isolated tower." Less than three years later, McCabe, who rented a room in East Boston when he wasn't at the lighthouse, became engaged to Gertrude Walter, a resident of that community. The couple planned a wedding on Easter Sunday, but it wasn't to be.
On Saturday, February 19, 1916, McCabe left the lighthouse to meet his fiancée on Deer Island, where they wrote out wedding invitations together. When he was ready to return, McCabe found that ice around the island had trapped his boat.
Wesley Pingree
He decided to borrow a pair of rubber boots and walk across the spit to the lighthouse. He was followed by his friend, Wesley Pingree, a former keeper who was by then an employee of the pumping station on Deer Island, and Pingree's 15-year-old son, Philip. As he jumped forward to make it past a gap in the spit, McCabe lost his footing and disappeared into the turbulent waters of the harbor. Employees from Deer Island rushed to the scene in a dory, but it was too late. The body of Joseph McCabe, who was 28 years old, was never recovered.
The lighthouse was replaced by a fiberglass tower in 1982. In late 2014, it was announced that the fiberglass tower and the foundation of the 1890 lighthouse would be removed, and a new pile-supported platform and light would be erected in their place.