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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:48 pm


Gee, Maria, sounds like you know that from personal experience!!! :lol:
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Postby vacastle » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:40 pm


You could look at it this way...just about any USCG station is located near a lighthouse, everyone I can think of anyway. You could go into the Aids to Navigation branch which services all the modern aids and also still many lighthouses.

Your schooling would be in one of two places. The one here in Yorktown, Virginia is close to quite a few lighthouses. You might serve on a bouy tender, and service the lights that are in the water as well as the modern aids.

Sherwood Pt. in WI is a lighthouse at a Coast Guard Station. The Coast Guard personel get to schedule vacation time there.

Oak Island that has been mentioned here...the CG services the light, and the Station is right there. If you want to go into the service and be connected to lighthouses, the USCG would be a great choice. They are also very family oriented, and I haven't met a Coastie yet who wasn't happy to be where they were.

What ever you decide, I wish you the best. Let us know, okay?

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Postby Zachary » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:31 pm


beachbum1616 wrote:I believe the new canal light in LA still houses coast guard personel.

New Canal is currently used as a Life Saving Station
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Postby epona » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:21 pm


Point Judith RI has Coast Guard people stationed at it. The Coast Guard is active with several lighthouses in RI. I believe that some articles appeared in the Maine newspapers about Owl's Head and the Coast Guard last year.

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Postby vacastle » Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:56 am


The USCG publishes a list of all the lights they service. This includes the lighthouses we know so well, along with all the other beacons.

You can go to this site and click on the map to any USCG District, and it will bring up a PDF file. You will see the location, light characteristic, daymarks and much more. There are several cross reference charts and an index.
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pubs/LightLists/LightLists.htm

The USCG in an average day services 135 aids to navigation.

Thinking about enlisting in the Coast Guard? This page answers a lot of questions...
http://www.gocoastguard.com/faq.html

Hope some of this is helpful.

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Postby Miss_Hatteras » Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:47 pm


Thanks for the helpful links, Judy and everyone for the advice! :D
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