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Beavertail Book Published

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:24 pm


From The Jamestown Press ...

http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2008 ... s/032.html

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Postby epona » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:51 pm


One of very few things I miss about living in Maine is being to take day trips to Beavertail. It is a little to far of a drive for a day trip from where I live in Maine.

I love Beavertail of course my heart still belongs to Point Judith.

My travels in the next few months have me heading up the coast of Maine as I finish up a course I am taking in Belfast.

I hope this book sells well and gets good press.
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Postby Keeper » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:15 am


I have Varoujan Karentz's new book on Beavertail, and I highly recommend it. He did an excellent, thorough job.
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Postby epona » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:01 pm


What is the cost of this book?
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Postby Keeper » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:52 pm


It's $16.99. It's now available on Amazon.com. I'm sure the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association will be selling it, but it's not on their site yet.
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Postby epona » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:41 am


Thank you for the information. Right now I do not have any money for books. However this is one book that I would like to own. I am also being careful adding to my bookshelves. I have maxed out two full sized book cases. I think some of the members of this board can understand this. Too many books so little time.

Right now I have a least 20 books that I have pulled from my book cases that I will never use or read. This book on Beavertail would be used and cared. I do not see it becoming a dust collector.
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Postby island » Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:06 pm


This book is not the typical timeline with words history of a lighthouse. It is much more. The author effectively describes how ships were navigated and what it was like to navigate and pilot a ship to reach port at night with poor or non-existant lights on shore or when fog-bound with zero visibility. And this in an area with numerous ledges and reefs somewhere nearby, but where?

The 200-year history of Beavertail is the history of the colonial lights, the early federal lighthouse period, the later U. S. Lighthouse Service and continuing to the present preservation and utilization of this light station.

The history of Beavertail is interwoven with the history of the port of Newport, a major port in past years for coastal and trans-atlantic trade. Throughout the life of Beavertail were many learning experiences, success and failures, with illumination and with fog-signals. The author presents a very real picture of the duties of the keepers and of the practical and technical challenges of operating a light station.

There is also a chapter about the Brenton Reef lightships stationed off-shore from Beavertail and including an account of life aboard the LV-102 riding out Hurricane Donna in 1960.

This book was well researched and the subject matter is presented in an interesting and effective format.
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