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Friday, 27 October 2017

Sligo Bay (Ireland) Lighthouses

On a camping trip in October, on the shores of Sligo Bay (Republic of Ireland), I photographed this character. Apologies for the poor quality, but he is quite a distance out, plus I was coping with Storm Brian. The Metal Man is, in some ways, the opposite of a traditional lighthouse. He stands 4.3 metres tall and he’s dressed like a Naval officer. His weight is 6.3 tonnes and he points out to Mariners where to sail, in a deep channel of water. He has done so since 1821! And this particular day, he had a feathered friend perched on his head! 

I have also included photos of a small, disused lighthouse (on an island) and a taller lighthouse in action (quite a distance out to sea), both visible from the same place from where I photographed the Metal Man. 

Lee Maginnis (Northern Ireland) 

Metal Man, Rosses Point, County Sligo, was originally located where Blackrock lighthouse now stands, but the merchants of Sligo decided Perch Rock was better. An acetylene light was established 6th October 1908 and was converted to propane on 9th October 1979. (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)

Oyster Island, Rosses Point, County Sligo: Two lights were established 1st August 1837 forming leading lights from Sligo Bay into the Channel to Sligo Port. They were replaced by a sectored temporary light 15th February 1891. The discontinued towers were taken down in 1893. The North tower was rebuilt and became a rear leading light with the Metal Man in 1932. The light was converted from acetylene to propane 9th October 1979. (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)
Blackrock, County Sligo, is located in Sligo Bay. It was converted into a lighthouse from an unlit beacon in 1835. The tower is 25m high, white with a black band. The light is 24m above MHWS and has a range of 13 nautical miles. It has been unwatched since 29th November 1934.  (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)

New Member Profile: Geoff Scott (England)

I, Geoff Scott, have always had a vague, non-professional interest in lighthouses.  My long-suffering wife Janet has navigated using them over the years.  We have spent time in Dinard, Britanny where there are plenty of rocks and lighthouses to enjoy.  We have enjoyed quite a lot of light aircraft flying around Europe and, a few years ago, I decided to enter the “Dawn-to-Dusk” flying competition.  I chose to fly at low level around the lighthouses on the coast of France.  This took a great deal of interesting studying and planning and the exercise was completed in two halves in 2015 and 2016.  A relative who is a whiz with websites set up one for me to illustrate the flights:  We are adding more photos as we go along; for example, we missed taking photographs in Ouessant and environs in 2015, so we returned twice this summer (2017).  

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tour America's only steam-powered lighthouse tender
Learn to tie knots like a sailor
Turn the wheel
Find out lighthouses and buoys help ships find their way
Hear about life and work on board a Coast Guard ship
Discover how steam made the ship go

Open House New York Weekend
Returns to LILAC
Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
2:00 to 7:00 PM

Free admission
Join us!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

National Lighthouse Museum October Events

October Events!
We invite you to join us for any or all of our October events.
October 14, 2017 Hudson River Boat Tour

Saturday, October 14th we will again tour the magnificent Hudson venturing as far as Tarrytown, NY. It's Fall Foliage time!

Click the link below to learn more and register.
Beacon of Hope Festival

Rocktober 15th is the day of the Beacon of Hope Festival at our Museum Plaza. Great live entertainment for a worthy cause.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the gate. Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.

Lecture: The Burning of the Quarantine and the Aftermath

Sunday, October 22nd, Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito return to speak to us concerning the riots and burning of the Quarantine and resulting consequences.

Tickets are $10 for guests and members are free, but we request that members register for the event.

Click below to learn more, purchase tickets and register.

New Jersey lighthouses and museums host Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Oct. 21-22

CAPE MAY - Lighthouses and select museums throughout the state will host the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Challenge yourself to visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend as you tour the state to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.
These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to learn more about state and national maritime history.
Begin the Challenge at any of the participating 11 New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two life-saving stations or one museum, and purchase a souvenir lanyard ($2).New this year: obtain a pin unique to each site to commemorate your participation in the event. Also new this year: East Point Light and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 are both newly restored and open to the public.
Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found at participating lighthouse and museum websites and at
The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is also on Facebook where lighthouse fans can communicate with other fans.
            The following lighthouses and museums are participating and invite the public to take advantage of this special weekend to support and preserve the maritime history of New Jersey:
  • Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City)
  • Barnegat Lighthouse (Barnegat)
  • Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum (Barnegat Light)
  • Cape May Lighthouse (Lower Township)
  • East Point Light (Heislerville)
  • Finns Point Light (Pennsville)
  • Hereford Inlet Light and Delaware Bay Lights Virtual Tour (North Wildwood)
  • Navesink/Twin Lights (Highlands)
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse (Fort Hancock)
  • Sea Girt Lighthouse (Sea Girt)
  • Tatham Life Saving Station 35 (Stone Harbor)
  • Tinicum Light (open, but not for climbing) (Paulsboro)
  • Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton)
  • and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 (Ocean City)
Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May and Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport.
Proceeds support the preservation of these sites. For further information including directions and map of participating lighthouses go to