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If you love lighthouses and want to learn about these guiding lights and navigational aids all over the world, then The Lighthouse Directory is the website for you. It provides an astounding amount of information, linking to more than 17,200 of the world's lighthouses. Russ Rowlett, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, compiled the directory with the assistance of hundreds of lighthouse fans around the world who have enriched this site with their own information and suggestions. For a long time, Rowlett tried to maintain a list of lighthouses from his many friends and contacts, but it had grown too long (and too out of date) to display on the comprehensive site. Rowlett offers special thanks to Michel Forand for his suggestions and editing, touching essentially every page of the directory, and Jeremy D'Entremont, Ted Sarah and Klaus Huelse, each contributing in vital ways.

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Another unique educational resource for U.S. Lighthouse history, Lifesaving and Lightship Services is the Maine Lighthouse Museum (MLM), located in Rockland, Maine, the heart of the Midcoast. Last October, the U.S. Lightship Museum presented a PowerPoint presentation at the MLM about U.S. lightships and Nantucket/LV-112.

The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the longstanding traditions, heroism and progress of America's Lighthouse and Lifesaving Services and the U.S. Coast Guard through the conservation and interpretation of the nation's most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts. From sparkling lenses to heartwarming stories of the keepers and their families, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is truly America's lighthouse museum. For more information, log on to the Maine Lighthouse Museum or call 207.594.3301.  



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You are invited, Sunday, August 7:
of Nantucket Lightship/LV-112's light beacon
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day!

Nantucket/LV-112 anchored on Nantucket Shoals lightship station, 1946

On National Lighthouse Day, August 7, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a former commissioned U.S. Coast Guard "floating lighthouse" ((1936-75),
National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, will commemorate the restoration of its historic 500,000-candlepower light beacon and the activation of its fog horn at its homeport berth in Boston Harbor. First we'll party on the pier and tour the 150-foot ship, the largest U.S. lightship ever built. Then at dusk, Nantucket/LV-112's bright main light beacon (23-mile range) and powerful fog horn (14-mile range) will be reactivated, just like when this historic lightship guided transoceanic vessels past the treacherous Nantucket Shoals and was the first sign of  America seen by immigrants coming from Europe, earning it the nickname "The Statue of Liberty of the Sea." We invite you to attend this unique waterfront celebration held on National Lighthouse Day, observed across the United States.
Date and times:
Sunday, August 7, 5:30-8:30pm (rain or shine). The grand finale is relighting LV-112's light beacon relighting and sounding the fog horn at 8:30pm.The festival also will serve as a fundraiser to support the ongoing restoration of
Nantucket Lightship/LV-112.

Where : Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, 256 Marginal St., East Boston, directions . Parking: marina lot or along Marginal St. MBTA: take blue line to Maverick station, 15-minute walk to ship. Boston Water Taxi: stop #68, 
Ticket prices : $35 general admission. Includes lightship tour, Italian and seafood buffet, and soft drinks. Beer and wine may be purchased. Reserve tickets on Eventbrite by clicking here

Contact : For more information, email or call 617.797.0135.  

National Lighthouse Day is
 a day we look forward to celebrating every year with fanfare in Boston Harbor.  Annually held on August 7, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacons of light that for hundreds of years, symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea. At one time, these light beacons could be found along nearly all of America's shorelines.

Activities: LV-112/National Lighthouse Day

In Boston, this festival event will be held on the waterfront pier adjacent to Nantucket/LV-112, at the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in historic East Boston. There will be an exhibit that commemorates Nantucket/LV-112's history, and guests also may tour the lightship. The event also features food, beverages and lively music. Included in the ticket price is a delicious Italian and seafood buffet provided by the Mastrangelo family's Kelley's Square Pub (East Boston) and the legendary No Name Restaurant (Fish Pier, South Boston); also soft drinks. Beer and wine may be purchased.

In a salute to the 40-year era that Nantucket/LV-112 operated as a floating lighthouse, the festival will feature popular sounds of swing, rock and roll, and pop music from famous musicians such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more popular artists from 1936-75, with music provided by disk jockey Ken Drew. This will be a day for everyone to have fun learning about an important segment of our nation's maritime heritage and experience our unique culture of the past. The August 7 National Lighthouse Day celebration also will serve as a fundraiser to support the ongoing restoration and preservation of the historic Nantucket/LV-112.

The still active Alligator Reef lighthouse, Islamorada, Florida, completed in 1873, is similar to the New South Shoals lighthouse once proposed in 1852 to be built off Nantucket Shoals before the decision was made to utilize a lightship instead

National Lighthouse Day

Boston Light (foreground) and Graves light. Photo: Carl Spence

The date for celebrating lighthouses is based in America's maritime heritage. On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the "establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers." Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day. It provides recognition for the important maritime role played by lighthouses and lightships (floating lighthouses), vessels stationed in waters where it was unsuitable to build lighthouses.
These sentinels of the seas represent the significance of safety, heroism and American ingenuity. It is a day for communities and historic preservationists around the country to rededicate themselves to the protection and restoration of these historic structures. Moreover, it is a day that honors our nation's land-based and floating lighthouses at sea, their current and former high-powered light beacons, which for hundreds of years warned mariners and their ships away from treacherous shoals and reefs, safely guiding them to their ports of call. These essential navigational aids on LV-112 are being restored back to their original and historically accurate configuration, as when
LV-112 was a commissioned USCG lightship prior to 1975. Upon completion, the light beacons and fog horn will be operational.

Haceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon. Photo: Craig Tuttle

Inside Boston Light lantern room looking east and overlooking Middle Brewster and the Outer Brewster Islands (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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For a gift of $1,000 or more, donors will receive a limited-edition, fine-art print of the SS United States passing Nantucket/LV-112, signed by marine artist Gerald Levey
When you become a member of the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM), you will be helping rescue and preserve Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and National Treasure that is an important part of our nation's maritime heritage. Plus you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are a contributing partner in the legacy of the world's most famous and largest U.S. lightship ever built. The USLM is a member of the Council of Maritime Museums (CAMM) and the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA). All USLM members will be granted reciprocal privileges (free admission) at participating CAMM institutions. For more information about the benefits and the USLM Membership program, click on USLM Membership.


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The United States Lightship Museum 

The U.S. Lightship Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and preservation of Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and a National Treasure. LV-112 is a museum and floating learning center, open to the general public -- a place for people of all ages to learn about our nation's seafaring history and the technologies that advanced the nautical and marine sciences.