Carquinez Strait Light Under Construction This recently found and rare 1909 photograph shows the Carquinez Strait Lighthouse under construction 20 miles inland from the mouth of California’s San Francisco Bay. The lighthouse was discontinued in 1951 and sold into private ownership. Minus its lantern, the former lighthouse now stands at the Glen Cove Marina in Vallejo, California.
Train at the Light Shown here is the Bulkhead Bar Range Rear Light in New Castle, Delaware from a photo taken in May of 1993. The light was established in 1929 and stands approximately 39 feet tall. The Bulkhead Bar Range Rear Light along with the Bulkhead Bar Range Front Light (not shown) guides northbound vessels as they turn from New Castle to the Deepwater Point Range Light. (Robert L. Lewis, Jr. collection, Lighthouse Digest archives.)
Great Barrier Reef Expedition This vintage and historic image of Low Isles Island and its lighthouse was taken by Charles Barrett. It shows where the British Great Barrier Reef Expedition of 1928-1929 had its headquarters for a year during intensive study of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. The expedition’s huts are to the right of lighthouse.
Rare Image of Southampton Shoals This rare image of what was once the Southampton Shoals Lighthouse near Stockton, California shows the lighthouse from an unusual angle. Built in 1905, the lighthouse was deactivated in 1960. It was subsequently sold and moved to become part of a yacht club. (Fanning Family Collection.)
Driving Miss Daisy This old snap shot shows an elderly lady in the back seat of old Chevrolet automobile at the Chatham Lighthouse Station in Chatham, Massachusetts. We’re guessing that the photo was taken sometime in the mid-1920s. With a different lantern, the current Chatham light tower looks quite different today but it is still very popular with the tourists.
Decapitated Shown here is the west tower of the Cape Elizabeth Light Station’s “Two Lights” after it was discontinued in 1924 and its lantern was removed. The tower still stands today with a faux lantern, and it is now privately owned.
Lost But Not Forgotten Canada’s 1874 Prim Point Lighthouse in Digby, Nova Scotia was demolished on May 13, 1964. It is also known as Point Prim Lighthouse; however, it is not to be confused with a lighthouse of the same name on Prince Edward Island, Canada. The beautiful structure shown here was replaced by a square concrete tower.
Bunker Style Lighthouse This vintage post card shows how the Port Stanley Breakwater Lighthouse in Ontario, Canada once looked. It was not your typical-looking lighthouse, and looked more like a military bunker. It still stands today with a non-typical tower with a beacon atop it. (Courtesy Seamond Roberts.)
Ken Black Honors Joshua James Shown here to the far left on August 4, 1967 is CWO Ken Black, USCG laying a wreath at the grave site of famous life-saver Joshua James (1826-1902) at the Hull Village Cemetery in Hull, Massachusetts. Joshua James is credited with saving over 200 lives during his long and illustrious career, and among his awards, he received the U.S. Life-Saving Service Gold Lifesaving Medal. Ken Black (1923-2007) went on to found the Maine Lighthouse Museum and became known as “Mr. Lighthouse.” The lady to the right of the tombstone is 82-year old Eva Galiano, granddaughter of Joshua James. (Courtesy, BMCS Howard “Howie” Hathaway USCG, Ret.)
Mowing the Lawn at 83 In 2006 at the age of 83, Dorothy A. Harrison, mother of Lighthouse Digest editor Timothy Harrison, is shown mowing the lawn at Little River Lighthouse on an island off the coast of Cutler, Maine. Dorothy, who passed away earlier this year, loved lighthouses.
First Keeper Finding old photographs of lighthouse keepers is always a challenge, but it continues to be one of our primary objectives. Shown here is Anthony W. Miller, who was the first person to serve as a lighthouse keeper of Oregon’s Cape Meares Lighthouse where he served from 1889 to 1891. He also served at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse from 1887 to 1888 and at Point Wilson Lighthouse from 1888 to 1889. (Courtesy Jim Claflin.)
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