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#174697 - 01/15/02 02:17 PM Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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A new game. One post per day per person.

Starting with the Month of January, find important dates related to lighthouses. Any year. Use the Internet or your own books to find dates such as:


[*]When a keeper started or stopped an assignment

[*]When a lighthouse was first lit

[*]Birthdate or death date for someone important in the history of lighthouses

Only January dates can be submitted in January, February ones in February etc.

Please include a full description of the event date and if possible a link to your source if on the Internet.
The Internet Index of Lighthouse Links may provide you with a place to start your research.


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#174698 - 01/15/02 02:44 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Today, January 15, is the 145th anniversary (1857) of the first lighting of the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, NJ
http://members.home.net/larryslights/NewJersey/absecon.htm

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#174699 - 01/15/02 03:24 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Punta Gorda's fourth order lens was lit January 15, 1912. http://members.aol.com/fairyfellr/punta.html


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#174700 - 01/15/02 03:57 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Cape Forchu Light
Yarmouth Nova Scotia, Canada
The original timber tower was lit on 15th January 1840. The lens was a classic Fresnel, a circular central lens surrounded by concentric rings of glass, which concentrated the light of the lamp into one powerful beam, which shot out into the night
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#174701 - 01/15/02 04:15 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Jan 12, 1838 - LV87 placed on duty at Stratford Shoals CT. Built in 1837, it is 'altogether too small' for service. But it remained on duty until 1877 when it was replaced by the Stratford Shoal Lighthouse.
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#174702 - 01/16/02 10:23 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 22, 1848, the FIRST Bodie Island, NC lighthouse was lit. The current light is the third tower.
http://members.home.net/larryslights/NorthCarolina/bodieisland.htm

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#174703 - 01/16/02 10:46 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 1, 1858: The Shinnecock Lighthouse (aka Ponquogue Point and Great West Bay) was lit for the first time.
http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/shinnecock.htm

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#174704 - 01/16/02 11:44 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Barnegat Light, the second tallest light in the United States was commissioned January 1, 1859.
http://www.longbeachisland.com/history.html


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#174705 - 01/16/02 02:16 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Well, according to my Harbour Lights calendar, January 1, 1890 was the first lighting of Cape Meares.

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#174706 - 01/16/02 02:44 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The second "Winter Lights" at the Calvert Marine Museum was on January 16th

I still wish I could be there, this weekend!


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#174707 - 01/16/02 03:30 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 16th, 1938

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Lighthouse was dedicated on Howland Island in the mid-Pacific on this day. The simple concrete tower was dedicated by Ernest Gurening of the Division of Territories & Island Possessions in the Department of the Interior. It stood 20 feet tall with a 90 candlepower beacon.

Amelia Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed aircraft had vanished in the Pacific near Howland Island on July 2, 1937.

Credit for this info comes from The Lighthouse Almanac by Elinor DeWire.

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#174708 - 01/16/02 06:24 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Paul,

You are looking at an old version of the Chesapeake Chapters newsletter. This year's winter lights is this weekend.
Here is my post with more info: http://www.lighthousekeepers.com/forums/Forum15/HTML/000391.html

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#174709 - 01/16/02 08:31 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Brant Point was lit for the first time on January 31, 1901. This tower has survived to the present and is the lowest lighthouse in New England; the focal plane of the light is but twenty-six feet above sea level.

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#174710 - 01/16/02 09:32 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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For those who'd like to participate, but don't know where to find dates and events, you can try a search engine like www.Google.com enter the word "lighthouse" and a month "jan". You'll have to do some searching through what comes up.
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#174711 - 01/17/02 09:25 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 20, 1928

Lightkeepers returned to Ashtabula Lighthouse, Lake Erie after being detained ashore by a storm and found the entire structure encased in ice from 2 to 5 inches thick. They were forced to use picks and crowbars to open the door. This is not an unusual phenomenon at Great Lakes Lighthouses. Lake spray coats them with ice each winter.

Lighthouse Almanac....Elinor DeWire

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#174712 - 01/17/02 10:38 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The Eaton's Neck Lighthouse is lit for the first time on January 1, 1799!
http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/eatonsneck.htm

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#174713 - 01/17/02 12:28 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 31, 1860
George D. Wise, Keeper and D. Dennison, Assistant Keeper, take over at Fort Point, CA Lighthouse

This is a NPS site, but thanks to Google's caching capabilities: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:h_8qYz0MjboC:www.nps.gov/fopo/exhibits/lighthouse/litekeepers.htm+lighthouse+january&hl=en

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#174714 - 01/17/02 03:19 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 10, 1791

PORTLAND HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

George Washington engaged two masons from the town of Portland in 1787, while Maine was still part of the colony of
Massachusetts, and instructed them to take charge of the construction of a lighthouse on Portland Head. They were Jonathan
Bryant and John Nichols. George Washington reminded them that the colonial Government was poor and that the materials used
to build the lighthouse should be taken from the fields and shores. They could be handled nicely when hauled by oxen on a drag,
he said.

The old tower, built of rubblestone, still stands as one of the four colonial lighthouses that have never been rebuilt. Washington
gave the masons 4 years to build the tower. While it was under construction the Federal Government was formed in 1789 and it
looked for a while, as though the lighthouse would not be finished. But the first Congress made an appropriation and authorized
Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, to inform the mechanics that they could go on with the completion of the tower.
The tower was completed during the year 1790 and first lighted January 10, 1791.

During the Civil War, raids on shipping in and out of Portland Harbor became common place, and because of the necessity for
ships at sea to sight Portland Head Light as soon as possible, the tower was raised 8 feet.

Today Portland Head Light stands 80 feet above ground and 101 feet above

water, its white conical tower being connected with a dwelling. The 200,000

candlepower, second-order electric light, is visible 16 miles. An air-chime diaphragm horn blasts every 20 seconds, for 4 seconds
during fog. (6)
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/h_famouslighthouses.html
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#174715 - 01/17/02 06:52 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The first Minots Ledge Light was lit January 1,1850. The light tower was the first one The United States built that was exposed to the full force of the ocean. It was built as an open skeleton wrought-iron tower. It was destroyed in a severe storm on April 17, 1851.

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#174716 - 01/18/02 04:21 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Mystery of Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
January 2, 1815

The Island Lighthouse is the oldest landmark in Toronto. From its site on Gibraltar Point, it has watched most of Toronto's history unfold; its light beam has, for more than 150 years, been a welcome guide for the mariner into the Harbour of Toronto.

Like most other historical buildings, the lighthouse has had its days of tragedy giving rise to tales of the macabre. Such a day was January 2nd, 1815. On this day, the lighthouse keeper, Radan Muller, died in circumstances which have left forever two unanswered questions: How did he die? and by whose hands?

To read more go to: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/parks/to_islands/lighthouse.htm

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#174717 - 01/18/02 10:05 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The Race Rock lighthouse is finally lit after several years of construction on January 1, 1879.
http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/racerock.htm

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#174718 - 01/18/02 10:37 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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A sad day!!

January 25, 1922

The Winterton Lighthouse, England, no longer being needed, due to better aids to navigation, was gutted and decapitated, then sold at auction to the highest bidder. Star Hotel of Great Yarmouth won the bid. The old tower spent time as a hotel, then a private residence, then again as an inn.

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#174719 - 01/18/02 05:21 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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In 1857, The Lighthouse Board equipped Charleston (Morris Island) Light (S.C.) with a first-order lens and lighted it on January 1, 1858.

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#174720 - 01/19/02 12:40 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 31, 1948

Fannie M. Salter, Keeper of the Turkey Point MD lighthouse retires after 23 years of service.

She is the last of the 'Lady Lighthousekeepers', ending 150 years of service by women as lighthouse keepers.

http://www.jacksjoint.com/cgwomen.htm


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#174721 - 01/19/02 01:11 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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On January 1, 1858, the keeper at The Cape Romain Lighthouse, S.C., lit the lens in the new 150 ft. tower, which was erected near the old tower.

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#174722 - 01/19/02 03:20 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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On January 1, 1890 Cape Meares [OR] was lit by Anthony Miller (the first principal keeper) and his two assistants. At this time, the lighthouse consisted of a fire-wick kerosene lamp and an eight-paneled lens that had both red and clear panels to create a red flash every minute. Cape Meares' light could be seen for 21 miles.
http://www.nwcoast.com/lighthouses/oregon/capemeares.asp

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#174723 - 01/20/02 12:50 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 4, 1836...

...the family and a servant of Mr. Cooley, the Lighthouse keeper at Key Biscayne, were attacked and killed by [Seminole] Indians at their home on the New River [Fort Lauderdale].


January 16, 1836...

...subsequently, the Indians also attacked the Lighthouse and Cooley was forced to abandon it and move southward to Indian Key, which was a thriving center for the salvage of shipwrecks.
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#174724 - 01/20/02 02:17 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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On January 20, 2001 Thomas Point Shoal Officially Designated as a National Historic Landmark!
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#174725 - 01/20/02 03:55 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Pensacola Light, Florida.
Exhibited January 1, 1859. the first-order revolving light's beam was 160 feet above the ground and 210 feet above sea level.
During the Civil War the confederates bomabarded the tower with solid shot and put the light out of operation. In 1863, the installation of the fourth-order lens relighted the tower, and this lens continued in service until 1869, when a first-order lens was re-established in the tower.

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#174726 - 01/21/02 04:50 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Samuel Crosby was appointed the first keeper of the St. Mark's Lighthouse on January 18, 1830.


http://users.erols.com/lthouse/stmhs.htm

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#174727 - 01/21/02 04:58 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was lit for the first time on January 21, 1881
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#174728 - 01/21/02 07:46 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Bakers Island Light, Mass.
Lighted January 31, 1798, the station at one
time consisted of two lights, but since about
1870 the station has exhibited only one light.

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#174729 - 01/22/02 08:13 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Hog Island Light, Virginia

In November 1895, the keepers moved to the new site.
The new tower was an iron skeleton type, and the keepers
lighted the first-order lens on January 31, 1896. In 1948,
the Coast Guard discontinued it and tore down the lighthouse.

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#174730 - 01/23/02 10:43 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Wolf Trap Light (1870)

In the 1870's, in Chesapeake Bay, screw-pile lighthouses
replaced lightships at Wolf Trap and Thimble Shoals. The Wolf
Trap structure was lighted October, 1870, and served well
until January 22, 1893, when floating ice ripped it from
its foundations.

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#174731 - 01/24/02 08:12 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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St. Marks Light, Florida
At the time of the Civil War, the Confederates attempted
to blow up the lighthouse, and they so badly damaged the base,
blowing out a chunk of the wall about eight feet high and one
third around the tower, that the tower had to be reconstructed.
Relighted January 8, 1867, the tower has survived to the present
and is today the rear St. Marks Range light.

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#174732 - 01/25/02 07:14 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Destruction Island Light, Washington

The third-order light at Destruction Island went into
service on January 1, 1892. It is an iron tower lined
with brick, and its light is visible twenty- four miles.

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#174733 - 01/26/02 06:14 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Point Arena light, California

The keeper relighted a temporary frame tower at Point Arena
on January 5, 1907. The lighthouse and keepers' dwelling
had been wrecked by the 1906 San Franciso Earthquake.
Workmen salvaged the lantern from the wreckage, placed
it on a temporary frame tower, and installed a second-order lens.

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#174734 - 01/27/02 04:56 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The keeper's entry in the log for January 27, 1839 was brief: "Lighthouse torn down by the sea." Two days later the keeper was able to hang a temporary lamp from a mast, and the lighthouse was soon repaired.
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#174735 - 01/27/02 08:41 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Although The Lighthouse Board received responsibilty for
Puerto Rico' aids to navigation in 1900, it wasn't until January 1, 1904,
that President Theodore Roosevelt transferred Hawaii's aids
to navigation from the territorial government to the board.

When The Lighthouse Board took charge in the Hawaiian Islands
there were nineteen lighthouses, twenty daymarks, and
twenty buoys, as well as some sixteen private aids
maintained by the Inter-Island Steamship Company and others.
Only one of the lighthouses - the one at Diamond Head - had a
fresnel lens.

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#174736 - 01/28/02 10:04 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Canada on at least two occasions expressed its gratitude to United
States light keepers. C. R. Dobbins, keeper of the Moose Peak,
Maine, lighthouse, received a gold watch "in recognition of his
humane and gallant services to the shipwrecked crew of
the British schooner Ashton." C. E. Marr and E. H. Pierce, keepers
of the Cockolds, Maine,
fog signal station, received silver watches for rescuing the captain
and crew of the schooner Aurora on January 4, 1896.

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#174737 - 01/29/02 10:02 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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The time was January 28, 1885, and a snow storm was lashing
the Maine coast. Marcus A. Hanna was keeper of the Cape Elizabeth
Light Station. The schooner Australia smashed onto the ledge
near the light station's fog signal. By the time Keeper Hanna
reached the edge of the shore, a huge wave had swept the captain
overboard and only two of the ship's hands remained, both clinging
for their lives to the icy rigging. After a long and exhausting
struggle, he was able to get these men ashore to safety.
For his heroism, the government, six months later, awarded him a gold medal.

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#174738 - 01/29/02 11:34 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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St. Marks Lighthouse The reconstruction was completed January 29, 1831.
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#174739 - 01/30/02 05:50 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Assateague Island Light (1833)

Lighted in January, 1833, the tower was too low and poorly illuminated
to perform effectively its job of warning ships of the shoals that
protrude out from that section of the coast. Congress appropriated
funds in 1859 to increase the power and range to the rank of first-class
sea-coast light. On Oct. 1, 1867, the light shone from the new first-order
lens for the first time. The light was high enough to be visible nineteen miles.

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#174740 - 01/30/02 07:06 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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January 30, 1960

The eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii almost destroyed the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse, a modern skeleton tower built in 1928 on the island's southeast point.

Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, threw her red-haired wrath over several villages in 1960, then took aim at the lighthouse. Fingers of lava oozed toward the tower base, with heat so intense it melted the electrical wiring in the beacon. The keeper and his family fled.

I have to run off to adult ed. I'll add "the rest of the story" when I get back tonight. If you just can't wait, and have a copy of Eleanor DeWire's book, The Lighthouse Almanac,go to page 13 and read all about it.

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#174741 - 01/31/02 12:08 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Now, the Rest of the Story!

Unhappy with this turn of events, native Hawaiians went to the Halemaumau fire pit where Pele was said to reside and made offerings of fruit, flowers, and gin, beseeching her to spare the lighthouse. Remarkably, only hours later the lava flow forked around th tower, leaving a mere 8-foot perimeter unscathed. The beacon survived the disaster and was relighted a few months later as an automated light beacon. Due to its fortuitous career, it was nicknamed "The Lucky Lighthouse."

Many acres of new land were added to the Big Island during the 1960 eruption, and more has been created in subsequent volcanic episodes. The lighthouse once stood at the edge of the sea, but thanks to Pele's real estate building program, it's now more than a mile inland. The land is barren.

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#174742 - 01/31/02 08:08 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Fire was a serious hazard at lighthouses, especially in the years
prior to electric lights, when oil lamps and pressurized gas tanks
were used. Boston Light, the first in the nation, caught fire in
January 1720, only four years after it was established.

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#174743 - 02/01/02 10:40 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Frbruary 7, 1967

The Diamond Shoals Lights, 13 miles SE of Cape Hatteras, NC was struck by a waterspout at 5:30 am. Heavy damage was done by winds of over 100 mph, no crew was hurt. All 20 glass storm panes were blown out in the lantern, and the gallery frame was bent. The radiobeacon antenna blew away. It was built in 1966 and had only been in commission for 3 months when the waterspout hit.

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#174744 - 02/02/02 12:17 AM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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February 1, 1856, saw the reconstructed
Point Conception tower lighted.

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#174745 - 02/02/02 12:16 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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Tillamook Rock Light, Oregon

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on the coast of Oregon went into service
on February 1, 1881, and marked the southern approach to
the Columbia River.

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#174746 - 02/02/02 03:01 PM Re: Lighthouse Dates To Remember
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