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Portsmouth Harbor Light makes top 5 stories of 2004

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Postby Keeper » Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:31 pm


The renovation of the 1903 brick oil house at Portsmouth Harbor Light Station made the Portsmouth Herald's list of the top 5 news stories in New Castle, NH, for 2004 -- see:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01022005/news/56933.htm

Their wording was a bit misleading, though -- it says, "The red brick Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, built in 1903, was renovated thanks to the Friends of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse."

I wrote them a letter that was printed in today's paper clarifying this. The 1878 cast iron lighthouse itself is in good shape; it was the oil house that was renovated. And I reminded them that this was in large part due to a generous grant from the New England Lighthouse Lovers, as well as work done at a discount by Campbell Construction of Beverly, MA.

But it was nevertheless very nice for our group to be noticed this way in the local paper.
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Postby island » Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:43 pm


Has Ft. Constitution light been selected for transfer as per the NHLP act? This is implied by the statement from the article.

The lighthouse is still owned by the Coast Guard, but the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 requires the military to give up ownership within the next few years.


Unfortunately the keeper's house apparently is not included.
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Postby plebetkin » Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:09 am


even with flawed information, it is nice that the renovation was recognized. So often, the top news events of a year are political or people/things in trouble
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Postby Keeper » Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:17 am


In answer to Island's question -- we received preliminary word a year or so ago from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources that the Coast Guard had informed them that Portsmouth Harbor Light will be excessed and made available under the NHLPA of 2000. That said, there is no timetable put on the transfer yet. The process might start this year, or it could be another couple of years away.
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Postby Ross » Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:19 am


Would it be just the tower and immediate surrounding?
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Postby Keeper » Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:54 am


Yes, Ross -- it will be the tower, walkway and oil house. Unless things change as far as the Coast Guard's present use of the keeper's house, the house will not be included in the transfer.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:57 am


You guys deserve a round of applause for what you accomplished with the oil house. We were fortunite enough to visit there just as it was being completed and while looking at the "before" and "after" photos of it, all I can say is congratulations on a job well done!
Not only was the building completed in the architectural format of which it was originally designed but the positive "press" that came from the project is always a plus for all LH preservation efforts, everywhere :!:


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Postby Larry » Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:04 am


Congratulations to all involved. A job well done!
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