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Lighthouses & Lightships of the Northern Gulf of Mexico

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Postby Zachary » Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:41 pm


I just ordered this book, which was written by David Cipra before he wrote Lighthouses, Lightships, and the Gulf Of Mexico, and I was wondering if anyone on here has it and could tell me a little more about it?
I know it covers the lights of the Gulf Coast minus Florida but how much detail does it cover?
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Jul 03, 2005 3:59 pm


This is the first time I have heard of it. Will you let us know if it is any good?
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Postby Zachary » Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:40 pm


Will do....
Just a little info on it, the reason you probably havn't heard of it before is because it was written by David Cipra in 1976, when he was in the Coast Guard, it is now out of print. I was lucky to find it for $10.00, the other site I saw that had it for sale has it listed at $125.00 8O
Upon it's arrival, I'll scan it and post the TOC on my website (I added a new page today about books of interest, check it out)

...just another source in my never ending quest for knowledge on Texas' lighthouses...
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Postby jaclay » Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:58 pm


Hi Zachary;
My wife and I were thinking of coming to Texas this winter to see the lighthouses of Texas. Can you give me any information that will make the trip a little easier such as what month for good weather, how to best access the lights, any museums that have lighthouse memorabilia or lenses that would be good to go to? Jon Clay
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Postby Zachary » Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:25 pm


I've only seen 2 of Texas' lights in person, but, I have a few tips:
There are 2 Texas lights that you can climb: Port Isabel & Matagorda Island, Halfmoon Reef is a visitor's center. If you want to get close-up to the Lydia Ann Channel lighthouse but don't already have a boat to get to it, I recommend Kohootz Tours which gets this close to the lighthouse. If you do have other arrangements and are able to get on the island, don't be afraid to ask the residents (who are usually outside) if you can go up-close to the lighthouse, I'm sure they'd allow you. If you go to the Bolivar lighthouse in Galveston, you should also not be afraid to approach the owner as we've tossed a couple e-mails back and forth and he seems very nice (he even sent me these pics with snow)

If you want to, the ruins of the Galveston South Jetty lighthouse are still located 2 miles down the jetty, but, that's quite a hike.

The Matagorda Island lighthouse is open for climbing (or atleast it was last I heard about it), it's located on a remote island though, and having never visited it in person, I don't know if there's a ferry that goes to it.

In regards to Museums, There are museums at Half Moon Reef and Port Isabel. You can also view lighthouse lenses at these museums:

Lydia Ann Channel 4th Order Fresnel Lens: Port Aransas Civic Center

Matagorda Island 3rd Order Fresnel Lens:Calhoun County Museum

Galveston South Jetty 3rd Order Fresnel Lens: Galveston County Historical Museum

Sabine Bank 3rd Order Fresnel Lens: Museum of the Gulf Coast

Brazos River 3rd Order Clamshell Fresnel Lens & Lantern Room: Brazoria County Historical Museum

You can also view the Sabine Bank lantern room in Lions Park in Sabine, TX and a replica of Halfmoon Shoal in Bay Street Park in Texas City near Galveston.

As for weather, usually the Winter months mean Rain in Texas, but, the weather is unpredictable. Usually in April/May the weather is best.

Also, if you want to visit the smaller lights (Lake Buchanan, Horseshoe Bay...) I can provide some info on those.

If there's anything else, just ask.
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Postby jaclay » Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:51 pm


Thanks Zachary;

Thanks for the information. We do have a boat and plan to visit every light so we will plan the trip for those dates and will plan on stopping at the museums. As for being shy, I have learned there are a lot of nice people out there that will help if you are willing to ask. We still live in a great country. Jon Clay
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Postby Zachary » Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:03 pm


No problem, I'm glad to help.
Once you get back from the trip, if you have any pictures to share, I'd be glad to put them on my site for the public to view.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:01 pm


I'm curious. Can anyone tell me what Lightships are located in
the Gulf Coast Region of the U.S.?
Any information would be appreciated! :)

Thanks,
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