Light Hearted

Light Hearted

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Light Hearted ep 42 – Nancy Patterson, East Point Lighthouse, New Jersey
January 13, 2020

East Point Lighthouse, U.S. Lighthouse Society archive East Point Lighthouse began service in September 1849. It’s a type of building known as a Cape Cod-style lighthouse, because a number of them were build on Cape Cod in the early 1800s.

Light Hearted Special Edition – Former Maine lighthouse keeper Ernie DeRaps
January 08, 2020

Ernie DeRaps at Monhegan Lighthouse in 2007. Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont. This is a special edition of Light Hearted, featuring an extended interview with a former lighthouse keeper. Ernie DeRaps, a native Mainer, spent several years

Light Hearted ep 41 – Tom Baird, St. Marks Lighthouse, Florida
January 06, 2020

St. Marks Light Station in April 2018; U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Jeff Gales. St. Marks is a small city on Florida’s gulf coast that’s part of the Tallahassee metropolitan area. It was founded by the Spanish in the 1600s. St.

Light Hearted ep 40 – Don Terras, Grosse Point Light Station, IL
December 30, 2019

Don Terras, seen through the Fresnel lens in the Grosse Point Lighthouse. Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont. Grosse Point Lighthouse, located at the southern end of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois, was established in 1873 as the primary lighthouse ma...

Light Hearted ep 39 – John Potvin, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, Maryland
December 22, 2019

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, U.S. Lighthouse Society photo. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is probably the best-known lighthouse in Maryland, and it has many distinctions. It’s the last surviving screwpile lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay,

Light Hearted ep 38 – Scott Brown, Sakonnet Point Lighthouse, Rhode Island
December 16, 2019

Sakonnet Point Lighthouse under restoration; photo by Jeremy D'Entremont. Featured in this episode of Light Hearted is an interview with Scott Brown, president of Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse. In 1882, Congress appropriated $20,

Light Hearted ep 37 – Bruce Williams and Phil Blagys; Bridgeport, CT, and Black Rock Harbor Lighthouse
December 09, 2019

Black Rock Harbor (Fayerweather Island) Lighthouse in September 2019. Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont. With its harbor at the mouth of the Pequonnock River, Bridgeport, Connecticut, became a center of trade, shipbuilding, and whaling.

Light Hearted ep 36 – Annie Potts, Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society, The Bahamas
December 02, 2019

In 1864 the Elbow Reef Light Station went into service at Hope Town, a small settlement on Elbow Cay, one of the barrier islands off Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The lens and rotation equipment, made in the early 1900s by Chance Brothers of Birmi...

Light Hearted ep 35 – Brian Tague, Friends of Flying Santa
November 25, 2019

The Flying Santa passes Boston Light, 1947 (Friends of Flying Santa) Capt. William Wincapaw(Friends of Flying Santa) The Flying Santa tradition goes back to December 25, 1929, when a floatplane pilot, William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine,

Light Hearted ep 34 – Jim Pope, keeper of Whaleback Lighthouse, Kittery, Maine
November 18, 2019

Jim Pope The jagged ledge known as Whaleback lurks menacingly on the northeast side of the entrance to the Piscataqua River. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the Piscataqua, was established as an important port for shipbuilding and trade before the Ame...