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For two summers, I worked as a tour guide at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about that lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited and photographed over 300 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me. That Lighthouse is where I was inspired to write my book titled, "The Wickie." All pictures posted in this blog were taken by me, unless noted otherwise.

Book Info.


I invite you to read my book, "THE WICKIE." Preview the book's cover and watch the trailer below.
(Wickie was a nickname used by the early lighthouse keepers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in OR.)


This 1860's story about the lighthouse keepers and their families at the Umpqua River Lighthouse will warm your heart. Discover the challenges they met but never expected, and their determination to maintain navigational aid to mariners on the Oregon coast.

To order your signed copy of "The Wickie", send an e-mail to: awbates1955@gmail.com. The Book is $15 plus tax and shipping.

My book is also available on Amazon.
Select the Tab below for a link to their website. At the website, click on books - In the Search area enter The Wickie.

08 February 2018

Concerned Citizens Save Historic Landmark



Located at the mouth of the Maurice River, near Heislerville, NJ is the East Point Lighthouse. Built in 1849, it stands 40-feet high. Preceding this light were Range Lights positioned at the entrance of the river to guide all mariners and those involved in the oyster trade. Initially, lamps and reflectors were used to produce the light in the lighthouse. In 1865 these were replaced by a sixth-order Fresnel lens.

The light was darkened in 1941 during World War II, and then later completely taken out of service. Due to the shutdown and lack of maintenance for several years, the lighthouse suffered neglect and much deterioration until local citizens became concerned. They formed the Maurice River Society in 1971 with the mission to save the historic landmark. Restoration efforts by this society and their prompting of the Coast Guard, succeeded in getting the light relight in 1980. At the time of my visit here in 2001, this was an active lighthouse and open to the public.


Originally named the Maurice River Lighthouse, the East Point Lighthouse has guided mariners into the Maurice River from the Delaware Bay for over 165 years. This lighthouse is New Jersey's second oldest lighthouse, and the last working land-based NJ lighthouse on the bay.

25 January 2018

Mysterious Looking, Yet Beautiful



Approximately 1 mile south of Winchester Bay, OR, the Umpqua River Lighthouse sets on a hill about 1000 yards from the Pacific Ocean.  In 2004 and 2005, I was privileged to work as a tour guide at this lighthouse. During that time, I experienced many foggy mornings but never took pictures. A few years ago, I returned to the lighthouse with my oldest son and was fortunate to get another look at the lighthouse in an early morning fog. There’s something mysterious, yet beautiful, about this lighthouse in the fog and surrounding pine trees. I’m pleased to share my picture and personal experience.


The nearby buildings are housing for Coast Guard personnel. Their duty station is located at the shoreline in the nearby city of Winchester Bay.