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Postby island » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:17 am


Obviously someone writing about Mayo in the past made the assumption that the tower was removed in 1839. It is much easier to assume than to seek the facts from local knowledge. Then later authors repeat it assuming the first person did their homework.

In the CapeCodTimes article above it is stated that at Mayo, "The lighthouse has at least one other distinction: It was the first to have a female lighthouse keeper, Malcynsky said. That was Sarah Atwood, who served from 1876 to 1891, following in the job of her late husband, William."

Sounds really nice but is it true? Not likely. Not according to the light keeper records. This is another assumption. http://www.uscg.mil/History/uscghist/Women_Keepers.html

As for shipping the parts after taking the tower down, this would not be a significant problem. The Lighthouse Service had considerable experience with this for the construction of many cast iron towers. Each of the larger individual sections of the bottom and second tier were only about 10 feet long (high). But for the weight of the cast iron these could all be stacked flat on a full-size truck.
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Postby Keeper » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:41 am


That explains why the Globe reporter I spoke with though that Mayo's Beach Light had the nation's first woman keeper. Of course, there were many women keepers before that, dating back to Hannah Thomas at Plymouth Light, circa 1776.
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:04 am


One more article ... from The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 117M4Q.DTL
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Postby island » Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:50 pm


There is no subsitiute for local knowledge. "Nobody asked," Wheeler said.

I liked Ralph Shank's comments: "He thought it was a bit like Columbus discovering America. The people in America already knew where they were; Columbus only spread the news." I wonder if Ralph knew where the lighthouse came from.

"shipped it west, probably on a seagoing buoy tender ship." I question this. This appears to be speculation.

Wayne Wheeler said this was common practice. So what other lighthouses were similarly relocated? The only one I know of is the relocation of the Chatham north tower to Nauset in 1923.
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Postby Weasel58 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:58 pm


The Gasparilla Island Rear Range light in Florida came from Delaware after it was taken out of service at it's original site near Cape Henlopen.

The second Sapelo Island, Georgia lighthouse was moved to Fox Island, Michigan
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:46 pm


Could be wrong, but wasnt there a light on Sandy Hook that became the "Little Red Light" under George Washington's Bridge?
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Postby ericlighthouse » Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:48 pm


Amelia Lighthouse used to be across the water in Georgia. It was taken apart brick by brick and shipped to Amelia Island where it was re-built.
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Postby AL » Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:06 am


Jeffrey's Hook was moved from Sandy Hook, NJ to New York in 1921; and, Conover Beacon was moved from Keansburg, NJ in 1941 to Leonardo, NJ where it served as the front range light for the Chapel Hill Lighthouse.
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