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Postby Lighthouselin » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:57 am


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Pictures from Dennis O'Hara of Northern Images.

Does anyone have any news on this wonderful light? I saw it in 2003 and I have a sweatshirt bought to raise funds for it's restoration. Is anything happening or is it falling into disrepair. It is one of my favourite lighthouses.
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Postby Hersh » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:52 pm


I shot these on the WILD cruise in 2006, they'd done some renovation at that time and the place looked good.


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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:57 pm


As Hersh's close-up photo shows, the exterior of the lighthouse has been completely renovated. However, the nature of the renovation is somewhat different than the standard renovation.

It was decided that the appearance of the lighthouse has become an integral part of the fabric of the area, and thus it was decided to restore it so that it appears virtually the same as it does in Dennis' earlier photograph you posted.

The lantern was removed and completely rebuilt, the lantern deck made weather tight to preclude moisture infiltration, the foundation and interior structure were rebuilt, the siding was replaced with new weathered boards and the windows were boarded-up to keep the weather out.

As such, it will stand for a long time looking as it does in the Hersh's photograph.
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Postby Lighthouselin » Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:14 am


Thank you so much for the photographs and the information on Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse. I am so happy to see it looking so much better than when I saw it in 2003. In fact it looks fantastic. I shall have to say my pennies to go and take another look. You have both put a smile on my face. :)
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