CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 12, 2012

August 7th: A Celebration of Lighthouses Part B


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

AUGUST 7TH:

A CELEBRATION OF LIGHTHOUSES Part B

Monte at Cape Cod’s
Highland Light

On August 7, 1789, the Lighthouse Act was signed, along with the commissioning of the first federal lighthouse in the United States.1  This act provided for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public
piers.

This is a continuation of the post  August 7th: A Celebration of Lighthouses Part A, which can be read at https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/august-7th-a-celebration-of-lighthouses-part-a/

PORTSMOUTH HARBOR LIGHT

On our boat ride to the Isles of Shoals we passed the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, New Hampshire.  This station was established in 1771. It was the first light station established at a military installation of the British colonies of the present United States, the 10th of 11 light stations established in the colonies before the American Revolution, and the first lighthouse in the American colonies north of Boston…The lighthouse was transferred to the federal government in 1791, and in 1793 President George Washington ordered that the light be maintained at all times, with a keeper living on site…A new 48-foot cast-iron lighthouse tower was erected in 1878 on the same foundation as the previous tower. In fact, the new lighthouse was actually assembled inside the old one, which was eventually removed…5

NAUSET LIGHT

We visited Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham on Cape Cod. I have distant ancestors from that community. However, my direct ancestor removed to Trenton, Maine, before 1836, when 21 residents of Eastham wrote to the Boston Marine Society asking for a lighthouse on Nauset Beach on the Atlantic shore of the Cape, halfway between Highland Light in North Truro and the twin lights at Chatham. Countless vessels had been wrecked on the Nauset Bars offshore. Congress appropriated $10,000 for the new station on March 3, 1837. To distinguish the location from the single light in North Truro and the double lights at Chatham, it was determined that there would be three lighthouses at Nauset Beach.6

HIGHLAND (CAPE COD) LIGHT

We both climbed Highland Light located several miles from Provincetown, Massachusetts.

In 1797, a station authorized by George Washington was established at this point on the Cape, with a light to warn shipping about the dangerous coastline between Cape Ann and Nantucket.

In 1857 the lighthouse was declared dangerous and demolished and a new one was built. Along with the lighthouse, there were a keepers’ building and a generator shed, both of which can still be seen today.

The lighthouse today, is not located where it was originally built. This is due to progressive erosion of the nearby cliff. Like many Cape Cod Lighthouses, the whole structure was moved back 570 feet (175m) from the cliff edge.8

GROSSE POINT LIGHT

While visiting Evanston, Illinois, I discovered Grosse Point Lighthouse along the Lake Michigan waterfront. It was built by the United States Government in 1873 as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks demonstrated its need. The promontory on which it stands was named Grosse Point (Great Point) by early French explorers and traders in the 17th century. Over the years, the U.S. Government dropped the French “e” on Point.7

So I celebrate National Lighthouse Day with reminisces of some of my lighthouse experiences.

Carolyn at Highland
Light on Cape Cod

(to read  AUGUST 7TH: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHTHOUSES Part Aclick on https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/august-7th-a-celebration-of-lighthouses-part-a/

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ADDITIONAL READING:

BRAMBLES (Brief Rambles) 2:2008 May 5—Temporary Art, Bull-Headedness?-Arachnophobia

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

IN NEW ENGLAND, HISTORY CONFLICTS WITH PROGRESS

IS THIS “CHEERS?”

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

LOBSTER-TALES

SOURCES

5http://lighthouse.cc/portsmouth/history.html

6http://lighthouse.cc/nauset/history.html

7http://www.grossepointlighthouse.net/history.html

8http://www.cape-cod-insider.com/Highland-Light.html

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