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Postby MontaukPoint » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:43 pm


Here's an interesting webpage I came across:

http://englishrussia.com/2009/01/06/aba ... ghthouses/

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:14 pm


Yes, Interesting.....And somewhat creepy. Wonder just how many are included in this "Chain" ?
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Postby island » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:09 am


In May of 1964, the Coast Guard experimented with lighting lighthouses using nuclear power. The chosen test site was Baltimore Lighthouse. A 4,600-pound SNAP-7B Strontium-90 powered 60-watt isotopic fuel cell generator was installed by crane from a Coast Guard buoy tender and passed through the east doorway on a trolley platform. The atomic powered generator, smaller than a 55-gallon drum, was housed in an especially constructed heavy steel box. The test ran for a year and upon completion, the nuclear equipment was removed and nuclear power has not been attempted since. The concern was that this material would be left unattended but not completely secure from unauthorized access to the lighthouse.

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:03 am


That article states 132 ? Wow, that's a lot of Lights. And some can't be found ?

As to Richard Lugar, he won't be around anymore....He's an Ex-Senator now, having lost in the Primary last spring to a fellow who lost in the General Election. For a couple of decades at least, Lugar was the leading environmental advocate in the Senate, and the driving force behind the push for elimination of Nuclear Weapons from Planet Earth.
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