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"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."

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Postby island » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:15 am


Lighthouses might be more useful than churches but what about churches that serve as a lighthouses?
http://maritimemoments.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/lights-shine-from-st-philips-beverly-baptist-church-steeples/


(per Lighthouse.cc.)
"The light, seen through a window in the steeple, is 127 feet above mean high water. The additional light was lined up by incoming mariners with the front range light, as an added guide to Salem Harbor.The steeple was the only part of the church to survive a disastrous fire in 1975."

----However there was a problem with the Beverly church flock, not those in the pews but in the steeple.

"Don Decker, a former Coast Guardsman who serviced several lighthouses in the area, says that his least favorite light to service was the Hospital Point Rear Range Light in the church steeple. The steeple was a favorite nesting site for pigeons, making it a very unpleasant place to visit, says Decker."
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Postby tinypiney » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:14 pm


The usefullness of the lighthouse trumps the usefullness of the church? :-k
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Postby island » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:28 pm


Pray tell. But apparently not so for pigeons.
However, a number of churches along the coasts served as significant fixed landmarks for marriners and with church spires identified on navigation charts.
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Postby tinypiney » Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:09 pm


Pigeons don't even have a use for churches, they're both just tall things that get in the way. :)
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Postby island » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:20 pm


Very true for homing pigeons but quite different for those seeking night shelter.
Perhaps Virginia pigeons are an exception.

Pigeons in flight will eventually alight
with a preference for structures
having bell, clock or light.

No doubt they are community high flyers
disregarding codes or owners desires
Selecting tall buildings and tall spires
to satisfy roosting needs and desires.

And where they so roost,
take a look down below.
To remove what is there
one needs shovel or hoe.

Not a problem for keepers of lights, for alas,
the pigeons fly by but do not alight.
(This even includes Pigeon Point Light.)
The lanterns on towers are enclosed in glass,
thus no access to roost in the tower light.
Thus the pigeons must seek other comfort at night
with keeper all alone, no feathered company at his light.
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Postby tinypiney » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:25 am


Why can't pigeons just roost in trees?
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Postby island » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:53 am


Perhaps they would if the crows had not already claimed all the trees suitable for roosting.
Also hawks sleep in trees. And hawks readily demonstrate a fondness for pigeons in ways not particularly appreciated by the pigeons.
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Postby tinypiney » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:53 pm


And also, trees can be cut down and branches can be cut off of them. Buildings normally don't get cut down. :)
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