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Postby Grover1 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:27 am


From The Herald

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/200809 ... news01ad=1

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:27 am


From The Herald

U.S. Lighthouse Society director to speak

Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, is the featured speaker for the Mukilteo Historical Society meeting Thursday.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society recently moved its headquarters from California to offices at the Point No Point Lighthouse north of Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula.

The U.S. Coast Guard recently sent a letter to Mukilteo asking that the antique Fresnel lens in the lighthouse tower be replaced with a more modern light fixture. The historical society opposes the move.

A short business meeting is scheduled before the talk. ­Refreshments will be served.

More info: 425-356-2778
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:32 pm


That is a beautiful lens. I hope the society is successful in opposing the Coast Guard on this one.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:08 pm


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Postby island » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:02 pm


In the Sept. 8 Herald Net article (first post above) it was stated that "With the advent of electronic charting and global positioning systems, "it is the Coast Guard's belief that lighthouses are no longer relied upon for navigation,"

This may be the opinion of some Coast Guard officer who is responsible for Aids to Navigation but it not the position of and is quite contrary to recommendations of Coast Guard Search and Rescue. CG SAR highly recommends not to rely only on electronic navigation but to utilize visual determinations when and where possible. Many SAR incidents have occurred when operators have focused only on the display screens and failed to look out the window.

Professional ship pilots utilize the visual aids (buoys and lighthouses) to a greater extent than electonic devices when piloting large ships in confined waters. They look out the window.
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