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Part 3, Hatteras Lens Restoration - New Photos!

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Postby vacastle » Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:39 pm


Jim Woodward, of The Lighthouse Consultant, LLC Has sent me these photos today of the completed job. (Minus the painted platform which the museum is to do)


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From front to back...Jim Woodward, Kurt Fosburg, and Jim Dunlap
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Thanks so much, Woody! :yay:

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:28 pm


What color are they going to paint the platform?

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Did you say completed? I assumed that there would be more lenses than that?
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Postby vacastle » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:34 pm


The platform is to be painted dark green to blend in with the fan legs.

That's it, Stephen. All of the bullseye prisms are gone...made the best souvenirs, I guess. That's all there is, until some prisms start being returned.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:39 pm


Have there been offers to return other prisms yet?
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Postby vacastle » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:53 pm


There's been talk. While we were there we heard of numerous folks who thought they might know the whereabouts of some.

The museum is putting up a nice plague near the lens where they will list names of anyone returning parts...as DONORS!

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:59 pm


That's a good idea. They will be more likely to get people to return them that way.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:01 pm


While it would be great to have some additional prisms returned, I think it looks fine just like it is. The interesting thing about it ("as is") is that it gives the viewer an excellent idea as to how the lens is constructed.
(Sorta like looking at an architectural cross-section)

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Postby Hersh » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:57 pm


I was hoping for more as well, but I'd imagine that as word gets out there will be some donations coming in.

Just a few is better than nothing of course....
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:27 am


Judy,

Thanks again for the progress report ...

Brent,

While, like Mike, a completed lens would have been ideal, I agree with you in that, in the context with the mystery and the history involved, it takes on almost auracal status.

Maybe it was just me ... in fact, I am almost sure it is just me ... but, as a tiny one, I remember the first time I learned that the dinosaur skeletons in in the Nautural History Museum in NYC were not found intact ...

Perhaps more prisms would be found or returned ... but picture #4 works just fine for me.

Judy, thanks again.

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Postby vacastle » Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:38 am


Just a few is better than nothing of course....

I guess I can't say this enough. We knew going in that this much was missing.

It is a GOOD thing.

This lens reconstruction is as far as I know a first in the country. It is the first time the public can view a restored lens and realize all the ageing, destruction & vandalism they've been subjected to.

Think about it...every restored lens on display looks picture perfect. Why? Because missing parts were manufactured, sometimes from plastic to fill in the gaps, so the "dirty linen" wouldn't show.

So...along comes the need to restore a working lens. How do you convince the general public that it's important to come up with the money to restore this lens and keep it operational? All they've seen are multitudes of pristine lenses, that despite their age, shine beautifully and complete on a stand in museums all over the country.

To me, this restored and reconstructed lens is beautiful and magnificant. It tells the true story...finally.

Off my soapbox :)

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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:43 am


I agree with what you said Judy, I guess I was hoping to see at least one or two complete or partially complete bull's-eyes in the dioptric portion of the lens, giving people a idea of what was really there.

Will the museum have photos or some type of plaque showing and stating what the lens looked like originally so people who have never seen one will understand and appreciate their beauty?
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Postby vacastle » Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:57 am


I would think that would be included in the display, but I don't have information about the final display. Yes it would be great to get some of the bull's-eye prisms back in place, and that could very well happen.

I'm sure by seeing the work that has already been accomplished in this fairly new museum, that this will be an outstanding, complete history on display.

I can tell you that while working there behind ropes, the traffic through the museum was heavy (March) and we had many people come over to talk to us and ask questions. It was wonderful to have the chance to talk about why pieces were missing, and why so much of the glass was jutted and ragged.

It was fun, too, to hear comments, like, "Oh Harry, look...there's that FRES-nel lens they've been talking about." :D

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:47 am


I believe that displaying the lens with only the original components is the preferred solution.

There are a number of companies who would be happy to remanufacture the missing components out of glass or acrylic, as has been done with a number of lenses displayed around the country. As it is, the lens maintains historic integrity, serves to support the incredible story surrounding its loss and rediscovery, and bears stark witness to the need to preserve our historical artifacts for future generations.

Cheers to everyone involved, in any way in bringing this dream to fruition, and to those who shared their photos of the restoration process. :yay:
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Postby vacastle » Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:24 pm


As it is, the lens maintains historic integrity, serves to support the incredible story surrounding its loss and rediscovery, and bears stark witness to the need to preserve our historical artifacts for future generations.

Beautifully expressed, Terry!

Thank you. :D

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Postby COTA » Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:33 pm


I agree with you guys also. While in times it is nice to see in one form or another, on paper, museum, etc., as Brent said it does give a different view of the parts that make up the wonderful Fresnel lens. I know that for me, it was very educational to see the parts and how they related to one another, as opposed to seeing it already together, like visitors will do. That makes it cool in the fact that Kevin is putting together the documentary for all to see, and can share in that knowledge that would not be known otherwise. Futhermore, I also agree that it does serve historical integrity, that no other has presented. In the beginning, as Shirin can attest to, I believed that the whole lens was better. I was deeply perturbed that others would not share in what they could give to others. Now, I wonder...with the panel that was on display represented there from Bodie Island, and now with others at C. Hatteras on display, I can't help but wonder. As it is now, it is magnificent, and even if other panels don't come to rest with the display at the museum, it will still tell many stories for times to come. Everyone will see the different locations, to see the rest of the lens, hopefully, as well as what each location has to offer. And, also, I do believe that anyone that has posession of the prisms/panels, should return them. I am very proud of this lens, and maybe, this particular lens will teach the unknown to those that look, as well as have most of its pieces back in place someday, but until then....minds are astonished at the wonder from C. Hatteras to the Graveyard of the Atlantic. And while there will still be much discussion to continue, at least it is able to show its beauty for all to see again, finally. And, yes, it is still beautiful, magnificent, in every piece despite the jagged edges, etc. Depends on what one may see I suppose; Is the lens half-empty or is the lens half-full?

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