Stories Too Short to Post

Stories and miscellaneous lighthouse news that does not require a story, but may interest the readers.  These I will store here for reference.


November 19, 2012New Point Loma Lighthouse

A replacement for the Historic Point Loma Lighthouse, this working lighthouse is used by the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse has been fully automated since 1973, which unfortunately does not mean it is run by robots. Look for the keeper’s quarters nearby—they were used as a setting in Top Gun. See also: Top Gun Beach House.

Vlaming Head lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the world that still runs on kerosene fuel. Picture: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

October 15, 2012 – Exmouth’s historic guardian

Exmouth is home to the Vlaming Head Lighthouse, the only lighthouse in the world that still runs on kerosene fuel.

This December, the historical artefact marks 100 years of lighting up the beautiful North West town and with this, comes a week-long celebration.

Originally named the North West Cape Lighthouse on Vlaming Head, the lighthouse’s story began five years before it was opened.


August 03, 2012 – (Chennai, India) Lighthouses to become tourist destinations

Vasan said that in spite of technological advances in aids to navigation, the guard on functioning of lighthouses have not been lowered and adding more lighthouses in order to provide more support to our fishermen.

Vasan also informed that the proposal for establishing a lighthouse at Vembar in Tuticorin district has been approved for which initial works were being carried out.

The Minister further informed that though lighthouses are located at remote locations, the scenic looks in the environs of the lighthouses are breathtaking. He reminded that last year, he had announced a scheme for promotion of tourism at the lighthouses. 

August 03, 2012 – Global Networking at the 2012 International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend

Technology in our time races forward at lightning and sometimes frightening speed. But have you ever wondered what would happen if our communications technology failed on a local or global scale?

It may seem like a question for science fiction fans but in a real disaster, the solution to communication already exists and is wonderfully preserved by small groups of dedicated Ham Radio Clubs and Lighthouse Stations.

August 03, 2012 – Loop Head Lighthouse To Hit The Air Waves

 Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare will be amongst hundreds of lighthouses and lightships worldwide to participate in a unique event aimed at promoting public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration.

The Limerick Radio Club, comprising members from Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Tipperary, will broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare Lighthouse on August 18-19th as part of the 15th International Lighthouse /Lightship Weekend (ILLW). During the broadcast, visitors to the lighthouse will be able to listen into communications with some of the other participating ham radio operators broadcasting from 400 other lighthouses and lightships in 50 countries. 

The annual event, which is conducted under the sponsorship of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group (AARG) in Scotland, is always held on the third full weekend in August starting at 0001 UTC on Saturday and finishing at 2359 UTC on Sunday. It also coincides on the Sunday with International Lighthouse Day, an event organised by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers whereby many world lighthouses are open to the public for the day.

 June 16, 2012 – Coast Guard: Fog signal cannon is oldest artefact Not many of these left around. I have never seen one. More on the lighthouse and cannon here.



June 16, 2012 – Paddling to the Sabine Pass Lighthouse -Now this is an interesting structure for a lighthouse. Too bad the stairs are gone. It would be interesting to see from up top.



June 13, 2012 – Acadia National Park Quarter Products On Sale

June 12, 2012 – ‘Britain’s most isolated street’ on the market for £1m If you’re plagued by noisy neighbours or simply enjoy your own company, this could be the location for you.

A terrace of clifftop Pembrokeshire cottages dubbed ‘Britain’s most isolated street’ is on the market for just under a million pounds.

The five lighthouse-keepers cottages at St Ann’s Head have been lying empty for a decade but are now being sold by Trinity House, who run all lighthouses in England and Wales. More information here (link).

Boon island lighthouse

 June 12, 2012 – Government seeks new owner for Maine lighthouse 

Bidding for the lighthouse will be opened to the public if no suitable agency or group expresses interest.



June 03, 2012 – The 1886 Southport lighthouse overlooks the marina in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


June 03, 2012 – Archaeological tours available at St. Augustine lighthouse, Florida, USA

Look what the people have done with this lighthouse! Fantastic!

The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program announces Archaeo Tours, an exclusive 90-minute tour into parts of the Historic Light Station not available with general admission, including the maritime archaeology laboratory facilities.


May 31, 2012 A glimpse of the sunken lighthouse





The Patek Philippe lighthouse watch sold for more than double its estimate!



May 29, 2012 – What’s going on here? Should “Big Red” lighthouse be renamed” Big Pink?”




May 27, 2012 – Nantucket Lightship /LV-112 will open for tours



May 25, 2012 – Point No Point Lighthouse (photo)



May 20, 2012 – Past the remote at a Newfoundland lighthouse inn (Quirpon island, NFLD, Canada)



April 04, 2012 – Polar bear has close encounter with lighthouse workers 


April 29, 2012 –  Grace Darling letter up for sale

April 29, 2012 – Book Review – Ghost Islands of Nova Scotia

April 29, 2012 – Oak Island, NS – On the Trail of Pirate Booty

April 27, 2012 – Rubjerg Knude: The Lighthouse Buried in Sand


March 15, 2009 – The buoy/lighthouse tender Granuaile heading out to sea after leaving Rosslare, Ireland

Mise Tales Fifteen


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Some of these stories and articles are a bit late for Halloween, but better late than never, especially when lighthouses are a year-round topic!

The Fog – Best Scary Movie Starring Point Reyes Lighthouse

You may have heard of this John Carpenter film – myself, I have never seen it. I was going to write about it, but May, the author at Completely Coastal has done such a good job, I thought I would turn you over to her. Enjoy . . . [link]

A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony, is the target for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths. – Internet Movie Database (IMDb)


Lighthouse Switchback India Pale Ale (IPA)

The Province October 20, 2012

This is the first in a series of reviews on the new wave of British Columbia India Pale Ales (IPAs). This province already produces some Continue reading

Mise Tales Fourteen


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A Lighthouse Opera?

I had never heard of a lighthouse opera until now, and being not a fan of operas, I was a bit skeptical as well. OK, I found a Youtube video of The Lighthouse, an opera by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and I am not impressed. This is a short ten (10) minute cut from the opera.

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October 12, 2012 – Now, I came across another review in The Telegraph of a different performance by the English Touring Opera. The comments were:

Few instances of that staple mystery, the unexplained maritime vanishing (as in the Mary Celeste or the Bermuda Triangle) can be more baffling than that of the three keepers who dematerialised without trace from their lighthouse in the Hebrides in 1900.
Peter Maxwell Davies’s fictionalised reconstruction of this tale has been hugely successful since its premiere in 1980, and Continue reading

Mise Tales Thirteen


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More Lighthouse Wallpaper (Photos)

There are some beautiful scenes here to light up your computer Desktop. All are free to download in small to x-large sizes.



Lighthouse Watch add-on for Firefox browser. A unique hand-drawn lighthouse scene for the Firefox browser, plus a desktop wallpaper as well. You must log-in to your Firefox Add-ons account to install and store it on your computer.


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Mise Tales Twelve


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Do You Want to Buy a Foghorn?

Aberdeen’s Torry Coo on the market for £5,000
Buyers lining up for foghorn

Published: 28/09/2012 Evening Express

A famous foghorn in Aberdeen has sparked a bidding war between prospective buyers desperate to own a piece of Scottish history.

And property agents revealed several offers made for the much-loved Torry Coo in Aberdeen were “well in excess” of the asking price.

The Northern Lighthouse Board put the 110-year-old horn and store building on the market in July with a price tag of £5,000, but several mystery bidders want to get their hands on the Category A listed structure. Continue reading

Mise Tales Eleven

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This is too cute not to show you all. I discovered this page by accident, and could not stop going oooh and ahhh! It is priceless, and I mean that literally, as this item is a one of a kind according to the experts. According to the article:

The object is an early 19th century miniature musical automaton movement that controls a nautical scene. The scene features a gilt lighthouse set on cliffs of green and brown painted wood. A gilded ship sits on a painted sea in front of the cliffs. The ship rocks to and fro as though in a storm while a (then unidentified) tune plays on a plucked comb. more ->

 More information here on the Automata / Automaton blog.


I know many people do not use checks/cheques these days, but if you do, AND you like lighthouses, here is a company that produces Lighthouse Checks!

Check out for these checks. They have four different designs which you can see on their website. I will keep them in mind for my next batch of cheques.


OK, here’s another one. A lighthouse on a USA Waterfowl Hunting Stamp. I know there are lighthouses on Postage Stamps, but never realized they did it for Hunting Stamps. Are there any more out there? This one is for 1994 and shows Oak island lighthouse. The full story is here on the Southport Times website.

Mise Tales Ten

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 I saw this first item and immediately liked it. It is a screen print from Marcus Walters Shop. The website says:

A two colour water based screen print – featuring Marcus Walters’ distinctive artwork. Each print is a limited edition and is signed and numbered by the artist, and hand printed in our studio on 310gsm Arboreta paper. Size: 297mm x 420mm (A3)


 Refuge visitors can take away a slice of historic lighthouse

145-year-old window panes turned into medallions

CHINCOTEAGUE — What does one do with piles of broken, historic glass?

Beth Hanback asked herself that question in 2009 after 145-year-old window panes were removed from Assateague Lighthouse’s lantern room.

“I thought, ‘Well, I can melt it down and make something out of it,'” said Hanback, executive director of the Chincoteague Natural History Association, a nonprofit group involved with lighthouse restoration. Continue reading

Mise Tales Nine

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I am planning on making a post later on the use of the lighthouse symbol in advertising, but this advertisement for Lighthouse Gin from New Zealand came across my desk and it was too good not to mention.

Nicely designed website, New Zealand product, lots of information, and some delightful recipes for those that like gin.

The source for this link actually came from The Dominion Post website in new Zealand that had a recipe for Gin and Tonic cake. One of the ingredients was this Lighthouse Gin, so I just had to research it.


This seems to be turning into an advertising Misc Tales post. Today I found this website for Lighthouse FTO Coffee Bright & Light produced by the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, USA. At $12.99 US it is not too bad a price.

For the lighthouse collector, there are several more varieties available in different cans, so you will have to drink a lot of coffee to make up the whole collection!

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Mise Tales Eight

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I love lighthouse wallpaper. I have never heard of Pinterest, but combine the two and you get something like the photo at the left. The Pinterest  name is derived from “pin your interests” – sort of a neat idea. Anyways, this is a display that someone made of lighthouses, with links to their sources. Quite nice!


new Zealand house photos

OK, you like lighthouses. What if you had lots of money? What would you build? A couple in New Zealand built a house that resembles a lighthouse . . . well, a little bit! Take a look. There are two sources; the first copied from the second, but unless you can read Russian, the first is better!

Lighthouse In Marine Style In New Zealand

Бегущая по волнам: 3 маленьких дома в настоящем морском стиле из Испании и Новой Зеландии (Running on the waves: 3 small homes in the nautical style from Spain and New Zealand – translated by Google Translate). The website is called Design Remont in English.

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Mise Tales Seven

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Lovely Desktop Lighthouse Wallpapers. Lots of photos.


The Lighthouse by Mathew Welch

Submitted: Saturday, November 25, 2006
Edited: Saturday, November 27, 2010
from the Poem Hunter

Into the night like a cold staring eye
It lights the way for the crew
Up on the cliff it sits so high
Creating safe passage and view
All through the night

Into the harbour the ship lays at rest
Unscratched and afloat
The work of the house was at its best
To give guidance to the tiny boat
In the dark, it was the light 

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