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Keepers Korner

Tidbits and Editorial Comments from the Tower

By Timothy Harrison

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New Address For Hillsboro

There is a new mailing address for the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society. It is P.O. Box 610326, Pompano Beach, FL 33061-0326.

Post Card Exchange

Robert Andrews writes that he would like to exchange United States lighthouse post cards with lighthouse post cards from all over the world. You can write to him at P.O. Box 6782, Providence, RI 02940.

Tawas Now Open

For all practical purposes, renovations at Michigan's Tawas Point Lighthouse are now completed and the lighthouse is accepting donations of artifacts from people who once lived in the lighthouse or are descendants of people who are descendants of the keepers families. The top floor of the lighthouse is now being rented out for $225.00 per week. Tower tours are $2.00 per person. The lighthouse is located on the grounds of the Tawas Point State Park.

New Life for Two New Brunswick Beacons

Ownership of two New Brunswick Lighthouses has been transferred from federal ownership to local groups. The Musquash Lighthouse has been transferred to Musquash Light Station, Inc. and the Letete Passage Lighthouse, also known as Green's Point Lighthouse, located near the Deer Island Ferry Terminal has been transferred to the Green's Point Lighthouse Association. Ninety-eight of the 110 acres around Musquash Head Lighthouse has been transferred to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

What's Going On Here?

I recently came across a newswire story about Cape St. George Lighthouse in Florida, which was nicely written. However, they must have used some stock photography and inserted a photo of the St. George Reef Lighthouse in California. Oops, talk about a major goof.

Ecorse Range Lighthouses

We are trying to locate photographs, stories, memories and images of the Ecorse Range Lighthouses and their keepers. The Ecorse Range Lights once stood on the west side of the Detroit River near Ecorse, Michigan. If any of our readers can help please write to Editor, Lighthouse Digest, P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630 or email Editor@LighthouseDigest.com.

Penmon To Be Painted

In what promises to be a challenging project the Penmon Lighthouse located on the north-eastern tip of Anglesey, Wales will be painted by Trinity House. A three-man crew using ropes, scaffolding and a cradle are expected to take a week painting the remote lighthouse.

New Coast Cutter

The United States Coast Guard has christened a new Coast Guard cutter named after the late Admiral Russell Waesche who was the Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1936 until his retirement due to ill health in January 1946. He passed away in October 1946. In 1939, he oversaw the merger of the United States Lighthouse Service into the Coast Guard.

New Movie Starts Filming

A new movie, currently titled, "The Lightkeepers" is filming in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Set in 1912 the film starring James Caan and Martin Sheen is about two lighthouse keepers at the Eastham Lighthouse and their romantic and comical entanglement with two ladies that move into the cottage next door to them. At press time it was not indicated if the film will be about Nauset Lighthouse or the Three Sisters (The original Nauset Light Station) which are all located in Eastham.

Tahoe Lighthouse In Danger

The 28-foot tall North Point Lighthouse, located about 25 feet offshore from the Thunderbird Lodge on Lake Tahoe is in danger of collapsing. The structure, built in 1936-37 has been undermined by last winter’s waves. The nearby Thunderbird Lodge is spearheading a fund raising drive to save the lighthouse. They say they need to raise $50,000 of which $20,000 has already been raised by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the Lahontan Community Foundation and the National Park Service.

Little River Sweat

The Friends of Little River Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, have a new sweatshirt they are selling to help raise money for the lighthouse. The shirt can be ordered on-line at www.LittleRiverLight.org.

Australian Tender In Trouble

The Australian lighthouse tender MV Cape Dorn is in danger of being lost after being kicked out of its mooring spot. Members of the group working to restore it said the move to a new less desirable location could be the final death-blow in their attempts to save the ship.

Situation Deteriorates

Since we reported with photos in the July issue the situation at the lighthouses in Tanzania has continued to deteriorate and is now worse than we described in the story. Now the metal dome roof and heavy brass door at the Lunge Lighthouse have been completely removed by thieves and the structure is now totally exposed to the elements. It is now believed that wide spread thievery has taken place at most of Tanzania’s lighthouses and the metal has been shipped to China for sale. The government of Tanzania has and continues to care less for its lighthouses. In fact they don’t even answer e-mails. It is hoped that any lenses that might be left in towers, other than the privately owned Chumbe Island Lighthouse that is privately owned, may still be saved for a couple of reputable museums in the country. However, more likely, they have by now either been stolen or smashed to pieces. It’s truly a sad state of affairs.

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