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ImageWindigo
Feb 20, 2010 3:27 PM CST
Name: Deb
I've always been fascinated by lighthouses. Years ago I went on a lantern light tour of the Grosse Pointe lighthouse in Evanston, IL. I've been hooked ever since!!

Please share pictures, news, stories of lighthouses you've visited.

Please feel free to start new threads.

Deb
ImagePatti1957
Mar 1, 2010 2:18 AM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Hi Deb, I love lighthouses too! I have some pictures of a few Oregon lighthouses and a couple in Northern California. I will look for them and post them for you.

Patti
ImageWindigo
Mar 1, 2010 6:58 AM CST
Name: Deb
Welcome Patti!!

Please do post your pictures. I'm waiting for a cable I had to replace (thanks to puppies) for my scanner, once I get that, I will be able to post more pictures.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.

Deb
Imagegardengus
Mar 13, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Any one know of a lighthouse still lived in and cared for by a real person?
I guess the question should be is there still a job of lighthouse keeper or is that an extent occupation?
ImageWindigo
Mar 13, 2010 10:44 PM CST
Name: Deb
From Wiki:
The last officially manned lighthouse, Boston Light, was manned by the Coast Guard until 1998. It now has volunteer "keepers" whose primary role is to serve as interpretive tour guides for visitors.

I would have thought that the last manned light would have been remote, which would have been why it was manned for so long. I was really surprised by this.
ImageWindigo
Mar 14, 2010 12:37 PM CST
Name: Deb
I've started a data base. Please add any pictures or information that you may have. I put in a few listings for lighthouses that members have posted pictures of, but I haven't done all, yet. I don't know how to move your pictures to the data base, so I would appreciate it if you could do that. If you want to create a database entry, please feel free. I'll be adding some East coast, Canadian, and great lakes lights that I've seen. I've got my scanner working now, so I just have to dig out old photos!

This is fun!! But, I'm not getting anything done around the house!!

Deb
ImagePatti1957
Mar 14, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Deb, you will need to edit your preferences in your database control panel so that members can add an entry. Smiling
ImageWindigo
Mar 14, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: Deb
Thanks, Patti, eventually I will get everything straightened out!!

It should be OK, now.

Deb
Imagegardengus
Mar 14, 2010 4:27 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
wow you have been busy ,
Packing, to be out of town a few days I will add photos when I return

I find it sad ..no more lighthouse keepers. Sad ..maybe just the romantic in me ,from stories and books.
ImageWindigo
Mar 21, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Name: Deb
I'm not sure if this is some sort of monument. I took this picture years ago in Quebec City. I can't find this lighthouse listed on any website, but I really like the picture. That's the Hotel Frontenac on the hill in the distance, and part of the old Quebec City waterfront.

Deb

Thumbnail by Windigo

Imagethreegardeners
Apr 10, 2010 6:46 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
According to this article, I believe it was!!
http://www.lighthousedepot.com/lite_digest.asp?action=get_ar...
ImageWindigo
Apr 10, 2010 10:37 PM CST
Name: Deb
Thank you so much for posting that!! This has been driving me crazy for years, trying to figure out what lighthouse this is!! That's quite a story, too!

Deb
Imagethreegardeners
Apr 11, 2010 7:46 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Isn't it?
I really enjoyed reading it too. So happy I could help!!
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 17, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Deb, this is totally true. There is a Gentleman who comes in our pub and he would go missing for six months at a time, then come back for awhile and go missing again. He was a Lighthouse Keeper off the Sussex coast, in one of the last manual ones as they are all computerized now over here in England. He came in the pub with a very somber face one day and as he knows my father he came and sat with us. My father asked what was wrong as he seemed very upset and he told us he had got the sack. We naturally assumed it was because they were automating them all, to save money. It wasn't that at all, evidently a ship had reported that the Lighthouse was not functioning so they tried to contact him via Radio and could get no answer. Fearing the worst they launched a Lifeboat and when they got there they found him slumped over Drunk! So he was prosecuted for it as it is a serious maritime offense and he lost his job.
It has always made me laugh as I wonder what you would put on your C.V. Reason for leaving last job - Drunk in charge of a Lighthouse.
I know it is a serious matter, but I look back now all them years ago and have to have a laugh at it.
Kindest Regards from England.
Neil.
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ImageWindigo
Nov 18, 2010 8:54 AM CST
Name: Deb
Great story Neil!! Thanks for sharing it.

I wonder if there are any lighthouses left that are still manned. Probably not, I would think. I love going to the coast (but it's probably 1000 miles going east, and double that going west for me). There is just something about it that draws me there. I especially love the rugged coast of Maine and eastern Canada. I have to make do with the lighthouses on Lake Michigan, for the most part, to feed my addiction!!
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 18, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Deb, in answer to your question regarding manned ones yes there are. For there are some Lighthouses built on the top of ships that are anchored in the English Channel. As you may know the English Channel is the worlds busiest shipping lane, and places like the Goodwin sands are very dangerous to say the least. So these specially designed ships with a light on the top warn other ships.
Firstly it is illegal to leave a ship unattended, then you need people there to run bilge pumps and generators as a computer cannot fix them if they go wrong and the sands move a lot, so the ships have to. There are no manned static ones left at all, apart for people who live in them in our many islands that guard the wildlife. But they do not run them, that is done Automatically from the mainland.
We have an awful lot of Lighthouse around our little island as there are some dangerous seas. For you have the English Channel, the North sea, the Atlantic, the Bristol Channel which is one of the highest Tidal races in the world and the Irish sea. Plus lots of little islands going up to Iceland and into the Atlantic which we manage, although there is only sea birds and seals on them apart from the isle of Rhum that has Deer on it. You are never far from the sea in Britain. Even London is only 48 miles from the sea!
Now I know the next time I see a lighthouse to take a picture of it and post it to you!
Kindest Regards from a very cold England.
Neil.
ImageWindigo
Nov 18, 2010 5:26 PM CST
Name: Deb
That would be great if you could take some pictures and post them here.

I've seen pictures you've posted on your British Gardening Cubit, and I just love those. You have a real gift with a camera!

Deb

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