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Maine's Whaleback Lighthouse has new owners!

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Postby Ross » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:38 pm


http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/ ... S-81118023

If you haven't checked this out already, the American Lighthouse Foundation has acquired Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery and it will initially be stewarded by Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse!
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Postby LighthouseNews » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:01 pm


Congratulations Ross. Between FPHL and ALF, we know the light will be cared for properly.
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:48 pm


... and who doesnt appreciate a challenge? Ross, Jeremy ... congratulations on the new addition to the family.

Here's the run up to the aquisition ... I dont know how many of the articles stayed current to the posting but at the very least, this should give an idea as to the length of the process ... there's some excellent photography of Ross and Jeremy's as well

http://www.lighthousing.net/modules.php ... pic&t=6849
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:18 am


... and another take ... from Foster's Daily Democrat

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... /711195978

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Postby Grover1 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:48 pm


From The Wire

New keepers for Whaleback Lighthouse

During violent storms, it is not uncommon for waves to crest over the top of the 50-foot granite lighthouse beacon at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. That being the case, tending to Whaleback Lighthouse might seem like a daunting task. But that’s exactly what the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse aim to do after recently taking ownership of the 136-year-old structure.

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior recently agreed to transfer ownership of Maine’s southernmost lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard to the American Lighthouse Foundation, putting it in the hands of the ALF’s local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The group applied to obtain the lighthouse after the federal government declared it excess property last year under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

Projecting from a small island of rock off the coast of Kittery, Maine, Whaleback Lighthouse was constructed in 1872, replacing the original 1830 structure. The stone tower’s light was automated in 1963, negating the need for a full-time keeper, but its light and fog signal remain active aids to navigation.

The Coast Guard will continue to help maintain the lighthouse, but Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse will work to restore and preserve the historic tower, also offering educational programs for the public. Tending to an offshore lighthouse located on slick rock will be difficult, but the new owners look forward to the challenge.

“Whaleback Lighthouse is one of the most familiar and beloved icons of the region,” said Jeremy D’Entremont, founder of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, in a press release. “It stands as a memorial to the people who lived and worked on Whaleback Ledge for well over a century. Its past is rich with stories of great sacrifice by its keepers and their families.”

The American Lighthouse Federation is a national organization headquartered in Rockland, Maine, that cares for 20 historic lighthouses throughout New England, including Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. For more information, visit www.lighthousefoundation.org or www.portsmoutharborlighthouse.org.
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