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Light Hearted ep 271 – Tony Ashdon, Coast Guard lightkeeper

March 31, 2024
Tony Ashdon (left) with Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont. Photo by John Lopez

The guest in this episode, Tony Ashdon, spent 22 years in the Coast Guard including some time as a lighthouse keeper. Tony spent some years on an aids to navigation team that serviced lighthouses and other aids in District One, in the northeastern U.S. He was also part of an inspection team for a while.

He spent a few years as the keeper of the old Deer Island Light in Boston Harbor, a spark plug type lighthouse that no longer stands, and also some time at Plymouth, or Gurnet Light, in Massachusetts. Tony is also an accomplished model boat builder.

This interview was facilitated by John Lopez of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. John also takes part in the interview, which was conducted at Tony Ashdon’s home in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Right: This painting of Deer Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor was done by Tony Ashdon’s wife, Margo.