- 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 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me. This is where I was inspired to write my book titled, "The Wickie."
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 me an e-mail: email@example.com. The Book is $15 plus tax and shipping.
My book is also available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Use the Tabs below for links to these websites. At their website, click on books - In the Search area enter The Wickie.
26 February 2015
At the time of my visit here in 2000, the light was active, but the lighthouse not open to the public. However, photos could be taken from the outside. With permission, I was privileged to enter the lighthouse and go up as far as the first landing.
19 February 2015
In 1694, the British built Fort William and Mary on the northeast side of the island. The area's first navigational aid, little more than a beacon on a pole, went up at that site. The New Hampshire citizens replaced that primitive signal with a small wooden tower, which they subsequently ceded to the new federal government. The Lighthouse Services replaced the structure with an 80-foot, wood-frame tower officially called Newcastle Point Light. However, with establishment of the granite-blocked Whaleback Light at the harbor's entrance in 1820, it downgraded the New Castle Station to a "simple harbor beacon." Gradually deteriorating over time, the octagonal shingled tower was replaced in 1877 by today's white, cast-iron lighthouse, which is only slightly more than half the size of its predecessor. This light was automated in 1960 and flashes a green light from 52-feet above the fast flowing harbor water.
At the time of my visit here in 2001, this light was active.
12 February 2015
The first lighthouse built here was in 1827. Except for a brief period during 1838, that lighthouse provided navigational aid to mariners on Lake Erie until 1875 when operation was discontinued due to its deterioration.
This current lighthouse with its square tower stands 61-feet tall with a spiral cast-iron staircase containing 55-steps. The light is a third-order Fresnel lens. In 1923 the light was electrified and then in 1960 it was automated. After automation, keepers were no longer needed and minimal maintenance was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. The light station later was turned into a memorial park and lighthouse museum.
At the time of my visit here in 2001, the light was active and the lighthouse open to the public.
05 February 2015
The tower of this lighthouse is 157-feet 6-inches tall and has a total of 218 steps from ground to the top, which 199 of those steps are in its cast iron spiral staircase. The lighthouse actually has two separate walls. The outside wall is cone-shaped, and is 13-feet 10-inches thick at the bottom, and 1-foot 6-inches thick at the top. The inside wall is a cylinder with 8.5-inch thick walls which support the spiral staircase. The walls were designed to withstand winds several times above hurricane force.
Three keepers, one head and two assistants with their families, lived at the lighthouse site until 1938 when the light was electrified. That action eliminated the need for keepers to be stationed at the site.
This lighthouse was darkened from 1941 until 1945 because of WWII. The Atlantic coast was on blackout due to the presence of enemy submarine's.
At the time of my visit here in 1997, the U.S. Coast Guard continued to operate the light as an active aid to navigation. The light is visible 24-miles out to sea and flashes every 15-seconds. In 1992, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the State of New Jersey.