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Anclote Key replica Fresnel lens.

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Postby island » Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:56 pm


New Lens for Anclote Key
By BMC R. J. Storle
U. S. Coast Guard
December 01, 2004

Anclote Key, FL - On the fifteenth of November 2004 an exact replica of a classical fourth order Fresnel lens was installed in the historic Anclote Key, Florida lighthouse. Members of U. S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, the Florida Parks Service and the Gulf Island's Alliance Citizen Support Organization spent fifteen hours over the course of two days on the installation.

The lens is the culmination of years of effort put forth by countless people that resulted in a massive restoration last year. On September 13th 2003, after twenty years of inactivity and neglect, the Lighthouse was re-lit before an enthusiastic crowd that numbered three to five thousand people. Although the light has been operating for the last year with a modern rotating beacon, supporters of the project knew that they could do better. Through their efforts, funds were raised and Enberg Mold and Tools in Jacksonville, Florida were commissioned to fabricate a replica. The end result is a stunning brass and acrylic six sided lens that fills the lantern and truly adds charm and grace to the lighthouse and allows visitors a chance to step back in time.

The Parks Service has also constructed a permanent residence for Park Ranger Connie Wiesehan. Wiesehan will be the first resident of Anclote Key since the light was automated in the 1960's. This will allow her to continually make improvements to the park and provide a much needed security presence to the lighthouse, which has been plagued with a long history of vandalism.

First lit September 15, 1887, the cast iron skeletal tower provided an impressive 101-foot focal plan and was visible for 16 miles. For the next 98 years the light guided vessels safely into Tarpon Springs, Florida. The aid was disestablished in January 1985 after the Coast Guard determined that the rate of vandalism was so high at this isolated structure that it was not cost feasible to maintain it. Vandals destroyed the original third order lens in the late seventies.

Members of the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to work with these groups and lend their expertise to this project, noting that this lighthouse is a significant part of their unit history.
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Postby boats » Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:55 pm


Dave, is there a photo of this new lens posted some where on the web."Boats"
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Postby plebetkin » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:56 am


a search of google doesn't show anything as of Tuesday 7 a.m. morning (east coast)
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Postby island » Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:02 am


Boats--

This story predates the news item posted on the Home page of LH.net. One rather poor photo exists on the website from where this story was obtained.
http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,1 ... 04.00.html

The lens maker seems not to have a website. I will inquire of a contact I have in that CG District about photos and more information about this lens.

A replica Fresnel may be something other lighthouse preservation groups might be interested in. I do not know if there are any other groups who have done this.

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Postby plebetkin » Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:11 am


the following is from:
http://www.hnsa.org/conf2004/papers/tag.htm Enberg is the second one down.

Dan Spinella (Lens Restoration and Replacement Lens Parts)
Artworks - Florida
P.O. Box 470123
Celebration, FL 34747
dspinella@artworks-florida.com

Gary Knappenberger (Restoration of Metal Parts)
Enberg Mold and Tool
1741 Hamilton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Ed Gunn (Overall Restoration Knowledge)
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Preservation Association
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
386-761-1821

Dennis Winegarner (Replacement Glass Prisms and Lens Parts)
Mindrum Precision Inc.
10000 4th Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909-989-1728

James Woodward (Overall Lens Restoration Knowledge)
The Lighthouse Consultant
1893 West 44th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-961-6114
http://www.lighthouseconsultant.com
jim@lighthouseconsultant.com


Steve Gronow (Overall Restoration Knowledge)
The Maritime Exchange
810-599-5147
steviegronow@cs.com

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:51 pm


Dave, thanks so much for adding this to go along with the front page story. Excellent info!!!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:52 pm


A great addition to the recently completed restoration!
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Postby cawteener » Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:00 pm


Thanks for sharing this information with us!
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Postby epona » Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:56 pm


While it is important to save lighthouses. I think this story points out how lighthouse preservation groups can go the extra distance to bring a lighthouse back to it's full glory. It is always good when stories like this are put out on the board. Thanks for letting us know about this, Island.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:03 pm


There is a short article on this in this months issue of the Digest as well.
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