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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. All pictures posted in this blog were taken by me, unless noted otherwise. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is where I was inspired to write my book titled, "The Wickie."

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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 to: awbates1955@gmail.com. The Book is $15 plus tax and shipping.

My book is also available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Select the appropriate Tab below for a link to your favorite websites. At the website, click on books - In the Search area enter The Wickie.

28 September 2017

The Lonely Lighthouse At The Curl of Cape Cod



Long Point Lighthouse is located near Provincetown, MA. This lonely lighthouse sits at the outermost curl of Cape Cod, and is almost the sole surviving structure at the location of what was once a thriving settlement. During the mid-nineteenth century, as many as 200 souls lived and worked along the sandy spit known as Long Point. However, during the Civil War the active community was abandoned after the Confederate warship Alabama was spotted in the waters off the Cape. Provincetown authorities hastily commissioned a pair of earthworks at Long Point as protection for the harbor town. No enemy ever materialized and local residents dubbed the twin embankments: "Fort Useless" and "Fort Harmless".

In 1827 the first light at Long Point was placed in a six-sided, wood-frame tower on the roof of the keepers dwelling which stood on piles. These piles were set eight feet in the sand and protected by 1,800 tons of granite blocks. 

 
The light was relocated in 1875 to the top of the thirty-eight foot square brick tower pictured. The tower was originally attached to the keepers dwelling which has been demolished. In 1927 a fifth-order Fresnel lens replaced the lamps and reflectors used earlier. The fifth-order lens eventually was replaced by a modern optic. In 1952 the light was automated, and in 1981 solar panels were installed. At the time of my visit the lighthouse was active and remains so as of the time of this writing.

21 September 2017

A Rhode Island Lighthouse Captured From Connecticut



Watch Hill Lighthouse is located on the north side of the east entrance to Fishers Island Sound in Rhode Island. The first lighthouse built here in 1808 had a wooden 35-feet tall tower. It was replaced in 1857 by this 10-feet square, 45-feet high granite brick tower. At the time of my visit, literature I gathered about this lighthouse revealed the Lighthouse Keeper's Association maintained a small museum. It was open on Tuesday's and Thursday's only during the months of July and August. The light was active daily and displayed a white flashing light every fifteen seconds. 


As stated, this is a Rhode Island lighthouse, but I took the picture afar from Connecticut at Stonington Harbor.  Although I used a 500mm lens with a 2X coupler, it did not result in a quality picture. To enhance the picture I experimented using a paint software. Comparing the two pictures, you can see the one above was improved. Although not perfect, it provided you and me a better picture of this historic RI lighthouse.