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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.

27 June 2013

Virginia - Newport News Middle Ground Lighthouse

The Newport News Middle Ground Lighthouse is located at Newport News, VA. It sits at the west end of the shoal, in the middle of Hampton Roads Harbor, Chesapeake Bay. It was built in 1891 and stands 29-feet high with a 21-foot diameter base. The lighthouse exterior is made of cast-iron and the inner walls are lined with brick and it contains five levels. The fourth-order Fresnel lens was automated in 1954, and then later replaced by a beacon.

At the time of my visit here in 2000, this was still an active lighthouse. I used a 500mm lens with 2x's coupler on my camera in order to get this picture.

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