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Postby Keeper » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:33 am


Allison Ross mostly did a nice job with the story, but when I commented about private owners, I was specifically talking about offshore lighthouses. In many cases, private owners have done a fine job taking care of mainland lights, but isolated offshore towers are a different story.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:28 am


Four groups join the hunt ... From Seacoast Online ...

http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs ... /708220382
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:39 am


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Postby ericlighthouse » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:43 am


Sounds good to me.
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Postby Ross » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:08 pm


This was a tough decision. Initially, we decided at the FPHL board meeting that we wouldn't be able to pursue Whaleback as an option because we didn't feel we had the volunteer manpower to take on a daunting task such as this. Portsmouth proves very popular and busy during the summer season and keeps us occupied quite a bit.

After some discussion again, we brought it back to the FPHL board members to vote that we step up and take the lead with acquiring Whaleback and it was voted unanimously to do so. I think everyone had the same idea in the back of their minds, we just needed the extra push.

After some lengthy discussion at the ALF board meeting, Jeremy and I presented our case and met with enthusiasm as well as concern. Offshore lighthouses had proved to be difficult to attain, maintain, and raise funds for, but Whaleback was different for us, it was a little closer than some of the others that fall under the ALF umbrella, and we felt the potential was there, and that the right people were there all along.

Thanks to the rest of the FPHL board and ALF board members for listening and trusting in what we can do
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Postby Biggy » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:02 pm


It would only make sense that FPHL be part of this plan, especially since the light itself is a short distance away from Portsmouth Harbor. I agree with you, Ross, Whaleback is much closer than some other lights under the ALF umbrella (Boon Island strikes my brain first), so it probably will become a worthwhile project -- and I'm certain it will be a project being an offshore light. Hope all goes well with the acquisition. This definitely is good news for the lighthouse.
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Postby Keeper » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:01 pm


I'd just like to add something to what Ross has said. If we get ownership of Whaleback, we will need all the volunteer help we can get. We'll need people who want to help clean up inside the lighthouse, as well as people who'd like to help raise funds for a full restoration. Down the road we may need people to help with occasional maintentance, like painting the stairs inside the tower. If you have any interest in helping to preserve Whaleback Lighthouse, please contact Ross or me.
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:57 pm


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Postby Keeper » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:53 pm


To anyone thinking of volunteering -- don't worry, we won't send you out there when 50-foot waves are battering the tower!
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:37 pm


But Jeremy, that takes all the fun out of it!!!!! :lol:
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Postby Paul » Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:55 pm


:wink: OK, all volunteers will be given yellow rain slickers with matching hats and boots! Also for those spending the night a box lunch and flashlight! :lol:

Hope to sea you there! =))

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:33 pm


Wow, Paul, that might just be an offer that I can't refuse!!! :lol: Now all I have to do is GET there.......
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Postby boats » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:35 pm


Don't know why some these places or so far away fro me, must be where I live. :roll: "Boats". OH and its snowing again.
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Postby jaymatt1978 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:59 am


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If you pick me up at the nearest Amtrak Station, I'm in!!! Maybe I'll bring my new HF rig and make a handful o-f contats!
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:02 pm


Just one applicant ... From Seacoast On Line

http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs ... 331&sfad=1

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