Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thank you, John Shaw, for this very flattering post on your blog, "Maine Lighthouses and Beyond." It was a pleasure meeting you and narrating the cruise from Bar Harbor the other day.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sole U.S. Lighthouse Keeper to Help Issue Boston Lighthouse Stamp

The sole federal lighthouse keeper in the U.S., Sally Snowman, is speaking at the first day of issue ceremony for the new Boston Harbor Lighthouse Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public.

Sally Snowman – Boston Harbor Lighthouse Keeper 
Captain John O’Connor – Commander / U.S. Coast Guard Boston Sector 
Wanda Santos – Marketing Manager USPS Greater Boston District 
Paul Medina – Postmaster New Ipswich NH / U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 
Tom Costin - Chairman Lynn, MA Business Partnership Transportation Committee, Former: Postmaster & Mayor of Lynn, MA 
Honor Guard - U.S. Coast Guard, Boston MA

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Rose Kennedy Greenway 191 w Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA (Between Faneuil Hall and the Boston Harbor Hotel)

DETAILS: The Postal Service is holding five simultaneous ceremonies on July 13 in five different states for the issuance of five New England Coastal Lighthouse Forever Stamps. In addition to the Boston Harbor Lighthouse in Massachusetts, the featured lighthouses include: Portland Head in Maine, Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire, Point Judith in Rhode Island, and New London Harbor in Connecticut. Take a video tour of the lighthouses at: about.usps.com/news/events-calendar/ne-lighthouses/welcome.htm 

Boston Harbor Light, North America’s first true light station, was built in 1716. Three years later a cannon—America’s first fog signal—was added to the light station. During the Revolutionary War, as British forces abandoned the area in 1776, they demolished the lighthouse by blowing it up. A new rubblestone tower, 75-feet tall, replaced the destroyed lighthouse in 1783; it was raised an additional 14 feet in 1859, when its current second-order Fresnel lens was also installed. After large cracks appeared in the east wall in 1809, iron hoops were installed for support; aluminum bands replaced the corroded iron in 1973–74. The lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Standing on Little Brewster Island within the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreational Area, it was the last lighthouse in the United States to be automated—in 1998—and is the only remaining American lighthouse to have a resident keeper employed by the federal government. Customers may purchase the New England Coastal Lighthouses Forever stamps at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide on July 13.