The Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse in East Providence, Rhode Island want their lighthouse fog bell back. Apparently, the 1080 pound bell was in use at the lighthouse until at some point when it was removed. Its whereabouts is unknown. In lieu of the original fog bell, a similar fog bell might serve their purposes.
In 1980, the 1871 Pomham Rocks Lighthouse was purchased by Exxon/Mobil, which has a refinery and terminal near the lighthouse. In 2005, Exxon/Mobil leased the lighthouse to the American Lighthouse Foundation which, through their chapter, The Friends of Pomham Rocks Light, then started the tedious process of restoration. In 2010, Exxon/Mobil donated the lighthouse to the American Lighthouse Foundation and the restoration will be fully completed this spring. A fog bell would be the icing on the cake of the restoration.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the original fog bell, or knows of a similar bell that might be available, you can e-mail email@example.com or write to Alex Dais, Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, P. O. Box 15121, Riverside, RI 02915.
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