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Postby Grover1 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:01 pm


From The Oregonian

http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard ... rk_te.html

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Postby island » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:42 pm


"Due to modern technology, ocean-going ships don't rely on the light of a lighthouse for navigation any longer." Obviously this is true for this light but certainly not all --- except for those folks on ships who fail to look out the window like the Port Royal recently. 8O

"The light is used to create a mood for those who view it from land." Maybe they should install a fog signal to add to the mood. :)
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Postby Fred » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:33 am


I would have thought they would fit a tempory beacon light whilst repairs were carried out.
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Postby island » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:40 am


Fred, Heceta Head is a private aid to navigation (PATON).

There are three classifications of PATONs but I don't know the classification for this light.

Class 1 aids that are considered essential for navigation. Class 2 are aids exclusive of Class 1 located in waters used by general navigation. Class 3 aids are exclusive of Class 1 and 2 in waters not ordinarily used by general navigation.

Based on this I believe Heceta is possibly class 2 but more likely class three. I don't think class 2 or 3 would require an auxiliary light when the main light was down.

The Light List does not mention an auxiliary light for Heceta Head so one might assume none was required.

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Postby Fred » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:29 am


Thats the thing with foreigners-they do things differently and confuse things !!!

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Postby island » Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:07 pm


In 1963, Heceta Head became fully automated. It was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in 2001 and discontined as a federal aid to navigation. Earlier photos show an auxiliary lamp mounted on the gallery. No aux. lamp is present in more recent photos.

It appears the only purpose for this first order light when established in 1897 was to serve as an aid for ships transiting the coast off-shore. There are no nearby harbors. The only function now is to serve as a vistor attaction for a state park.

It was a choice to qualify this light as a PATON. If the concern was only to have illumination
"to create a mood for those who view it from land" the light on the ocean side could have been blocked, as has been done with other lighthouses, and then notto deal with the PATON rules, red tape, and federal law, and avoid possible liabilities from a navigation incident should the light not be illuminated. The fact that this light is listed on the CG District Light List it is not just a toy for public enjoyment. The listing leads one to presume, with no specufuc disclaimer to the contrary, it will at all times be illuminated during darkness even if not so required by Federal rules, regulations and law.

And, Fred, we foreigners thrive on "creative confusion" and with the resulting unintended consequences creating even more confusion.

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Postby Fred » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:09 pm


I'm pretty sure Great Britain only has the one private lighthouse

Happisburgh

All others come under the lighthouse or local harbour authorities

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:26 am


Some more ... From The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/si ... /story.csp
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:55 am


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Postby boats » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:07 am


When You think a Lighthouse is Not needed, then your in trouble. Been there done that. With all the new toy being used in Navigation on the big and small ships, when they stop working it sucks. You will run for a chart and start a plot fast, deep water is your best hope, rocks that you can see is why you reach for a chart and a plotter. And that lighthouse is there althrough not needed is your best hope. #-o Why did I not use the lighthouse, "Question asked in court. Many Captains have been asked. :D "Boats"..
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Postby Grover1 » Wed May 20, 2009 7:25 am


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