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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.

21 February 2013

Connecticut - New London Harbor Lighthouse

The New London Harbor Lighthouse is located on the west side entrance to Thomas River at New London, CT. The first tower built here in 1761 had a height of 64-feet. Years later, large cracks developed and the lighthouse was replaced in 1801. This one is 89-feet high with a cast-iron lantern room. In 1857 the original lamps were replaced by a fourth order Fresnel lens. It was still functioning as an active light at the time of my visit here in 2001. This is also the oldest existing lighthouse in CT. Although the lighthouse appears to be connected to the building on the beach in the foreground, it is not connected.

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