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Lost New England Lighthouse Found In California

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Postby island » Fri May 16, 2008 7:59 pm


From Tim Harrison lighthouse-e-news:

It has been believed for many years that a certain New England lighthouse had been demolished after it was automated in the early 1900’s. It has now been found, still standing, all the way in California where it was moved by the government to replace another lighthouse that was being torn down.

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Postby island » Sun May 25, 2008 12:03 pm


The identity of these two lights is to be published in the June 2008 LD. I do not know which lights these are. I am going to guess that the source is Long Island Head Light at Boston and the recipient is Point Montara Light at Montara, CA..
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Postby boats » Mon May 26, 2008 8:59 am


Dave, is that you 8O "Boats"..
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:12 am


From The Cape Cod Times . . .

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs. ... /806040334

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The 30-foot-tall lighthouse stands at Mayo’s Beach along Wellfleet Harbor in this 1915 photo. Historians originally
thought the cast-iron tower was destroyed, but researchers recently discovered the lighthouse on Point Montara,
on the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It was a genuine shock, said Wellfleet historian Helen Purcell.
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:46 am


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Postby boats » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:07 am


Good chance this lighthouse came by ship, the Navy did alot work for the Coast Guard in the 1900s, if it came by rail you need to check the local news papers from that time, there might be some info there, nav-aid reports from that time maybe, town building records, check to see what Coast Guard ships were ordered to the west coast at that time. This may have been done already, then again?.. :whistle: "Boats"..
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Postby island » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:33 pm


Boats. The CG would likely not have had involvement with this project. It was the U.S. Lighthouse Service at this time. The cast iron towers were constructed from sections that were bolted togther to form a circular tier on which additional tiers were bolted. The sections fit together easily and were easy to dismantle and move. The individual sections could be stacked on a rail car for transport. This is the same type of construction used for cast iron and steel storage tanks. Likewise, the lantern sections could also be easily be unbolted. This is why I guessed Point Montara because it appears to be the only cast iron "pre-fab" tower on the California coast.

What surprises me is the 1939 date that was given for the date of removal of the Mayo Beach tower when it was removed in 1922-23. During that 16-year period it would seem someone might have noticed the tower was missing. 8O :?
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Postby boats » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:10 pm


Maybe a Temp was put there in place of the iron light and that one was taken down in 1939. And there is another light that looks like this one on the coast, just can't recall the name and I saw it some years ago. "Boats"..
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Postby boats » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:12 pm


How that Happen???? "Boats"..
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:53 pm


It's fixed, Boats.
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Postby boats » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:38 pm


8O Must be my age. =)) "bbooaattss""".
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:37 pm


A little bit more ... From ABC7News

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sectio ... id=6190859

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Postby boats » Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:54 pm


Not much said there, in fact what was the point. we know the lighthouse has been on two coasts, now what is the rest of the history :wink: . There is a record somewhere, but where?.. Set the Watch Mate, find this record. Come on folks, we can send stuff out and land on Mars, what so hard about finding the history of this little lighthouse ?? :roll: "Boats"..
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Postby Keeper » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:03 am


In my book, "The Lighthouses of Massachusetts," I made the mistake of repeating the 1939 date for removal of the tower. That date has been repeated in many places; I have no idea of how it originated.

My immediate thought is that the lighthouse was most likely shipped in pieces on a barge, passing through the Panama Canal. There isn't necessarily any surviving record, so we might never know for sure.

I updated the history of Mayo's Beach Light on my site:
http://www.lighthouse.cc/mayosbeach/history.html
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