- I worked as a tour guide for two summers 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."
Enjoy reading my book, "THE WICKIE." See the book 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.
22 January 2015
Atlantic City owned and managed the Absecon Lighthouse from 1946 to 1966 at which time the State of NJ purchased the lighthouse. Then in 1979, the Atlantic City Coastal Museum opened the lighthouse to visitors.
At the time of my visit here in 2001, the lighthouse was open to the public, and restoration work on the keeper's dwelling was in progress to return its appearance to that after 1903. The building at the left side of the above picture is the dwelling.
Although the light is lit nightly, it is not considered an active aid to navigation.
(Note: Most of the information presented above, I gathered at the time of my visit to this lighthouse in 2001. I have since supplemented some of that information by use of Lighthousefriends.com. Thank you Lighthouse Friends. At their site you can also see a picture of the completed keeper's dwelling.)
15 January 2015
Construction on the above pictured Barnegat Lighthouse began in 1857 and was completed in 1859. Because of the similarity in size to the Absecon Lighthouse, located to the south, Barnegat was given a different characteristic to help mariners distinguish it from its southerly comrade. A flashing first-order Fresnel lens was installed in Barnegat Light. In 1927 the lens was removed from the lighthouse when the Barnegat Lightship took up station off Barnegat Inlet. The lens was sent to Tompkinsville Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island, New York. Then in 1954, the lens was returned to the town of Barnegat Light and is on exhibit in the Barnegat Light Historical Museum.
At the time of my visit here in May 2001, the lighthouse was owned by the State of New Jersey and normally only open during the summer season.
08 January 2015
The Sand Point Lighthouse served mariners continuously from 1868 until 1939, except for a short time in 1886 when it was out of commission because of a fire which severely damaged the building. This fire also cost the life of Mary Terry, who was one of the first women light keepers on the Great Lakes.
By 1939, contours of the Escanaba Harbor had been changed by dredging and filling, thereby leaving the lighthouse some distance from the hazard for which it had been providing warnings. So, upon taking responsibility for navigational lights that year, the U.S. Coast Guard constructed a crib light several hundred feet offshore. The lighthouse no longer was needed for navigational aid, so, after major alterations, it became the residence for the Officer-in-Charge of the station.
In 1985, the Coast Guard discontinued use of the building and a lease was negotiated with the Delta County Historical Society. Restoration was done to the exterior to bring it back to the appearance of the original lighthouse. The interior spaces were decorated as they would have appeared a hundred years ago, following the 1886 fire.
At the time of my visit here in 1998, the Delta County Historical Society operated the lighthouse as a museum.
01 January 2015
At the time of my visit here in 1998, the lighthouse served as a museum under the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.