CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 23, 2014

11 Unique Facts About New England Lighthouses

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

11 UNIQUE FACTS ABOUT NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSES

(Also try the questions at 11 Unique Facts About Lighthouses )

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 Lighthouses in New England…sounds very romantic, although the life of a keeper can be challenging. Recently, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle was named the best lighthouse. I learned it does have one special feature: on Sundays from May to October you can climb the 44 steps to the Watch Room, then a ladder to the Lantern Room. This adventure will certainly be on my non-negotiable list of things to do in New England if we ever travel there again. After all, Portsmouth is where I spent my younger years.

But I digress. Below are 11 questions about New England lighthouses. Have fun!

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QUESTIONS

  1. What was used for the first fog signal, installed at Little Brewsters Island Lighthouse?
  2. What horrifying event occurred at Minots Ledge Lighthouse (near Cohasset, Massachusetts) one of the first screw pile lighthouses?
  3. From what lighthouse do romantics interpret to signal “I love you?”
  4. What was a lighthouse keeper’s annual salary in 1879, which held steady well into the 20th century?
  5. In August 2013 the federal government closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, New England’s tallest lighthouse. What was the top bid for this lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island six miles off Maine’s coast.
  6. Which New England lighthouse has traveled the furthest?
  7. Which lighthouse boasts an enormous first-order rotating Fresnel lens fitted with a green light?
  8. What happened to the first lighthouse keeper in America, George Worthylake?
  9. Name the most haunted New England lighthouse.
  10. What special item did Nubble Lighthouse keeper Eugene Coleman inherit from the previous keeper?
  11. What four unique facts describe the Boston Harbor Light?

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BONUS QUESTION:

What four features describe the Boston Harbor Light?

To learn the answers click on MORE

Beaver Tail Lighthouse taken from the boat

Beaver Tail Lighthouse taken from the boat

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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 (more…)

August 7, 2012

August 7th: A Celebration of Lighthouses Part A

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

AUGUST 7TH:

A CELEBRATION OF LIGHTHOUSES Part A

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from Owls
Head Light

On August 7, 1959, the first photograph of Earth was taken from space by the Explore VI. Did any of the photographs showed the magnificent lighthouses located in the United States. After all, August 7th is also National Lighthouse Day.

While the first known lighthouse was completed by the Pharohs of Alexandria, Egypt, about 280 B. C., and destroyed in an earthquake in the 1300s, the first lighthouse built in the United States was built in 1716. Located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor Light was blown up by the British in 1776. Its replacement tower, built in 1783, still functions as a manned navigation aid.3

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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.2

Two hundred years later Rhode Island Senator John H. Chafee sponsored a joint resolution designating August 7th as National Lighthouse Day. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into public law on November 5, 1988. 1

As America continues its technological progress into the 21st century, it becomes easy to forget the wholesomeness and serenity of preindustrial establishments such as lighthouses. The history they provide gives us the opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our country. The contributions they made to our society, from protecting our coasts to guiding our sailors, should continue to be appreciated and remembered.1

National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.

The lighthouse is an iconic structure along the New England coast. We’ve met numerous persons on our visits to New England whose purpose in visiting the Atlantic coastline is for lighthouse tours and searches.

Although visiting lighthouses is not on our “bucket list” when we visit New England, we have had our share of experiences with lighthouses.

PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT

In 1787 Maine was still a part of Massachusetts. This was the year that George Washington directed (more…)

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