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Monday, June 23, 2014

Clover Island Lighthouse, Kennewick, Washington

The Clover Island Lighthouse is the newest lighthouse in Washington State, constructed in 2010 during the revitalization project on Clover Island which sits in the Columbia River at Kennewick, Washington. The U.S. Coast Guard has deemed this light an aid to navigation and there is a U.S.C.G. Aids to Navigation station located on Clover Island to the east of the lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on the the west end of the island which is between two bridges linking Kennewick and adjacent Pasco (the Blue Bridge and the newer Cable Bridge). Photos taken in June 2014.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Molo de Abrigo, Valparaiso, Chile

While going through some old photos, noted that I had photographed this light which sits at the end of the naval pier in Valparaiso harbour.  I have seen the name of the light listed as simply Punta Molo and also as Molo de Abrigo. Date the light was established could not be determined. It is a skeletal white and red tower with a beacon. Photo was taken in March 2009.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Port Alberni Lighthouse, Port Alberni, British Columbia

The Port Alberni Lighthouse sits in the harbour at Port Alberni at the head of the Alberni Inlet, a twenty five mile inlet (fjord) that stretches inland from Barkley Sound on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. The lighthouse is active but is privately owned. The lantern is from the original 1981 Chrome Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was established in 2001.  It is owned and maintained by the Alberni Valley Marine Discovery Centre. Photos taken in May 2014.


Whiffin Spit Lighthouse, Sooke, British Columbia

The Whiffin Spit Lighthouse sits at the end of a 1.5 km spit of land that protects the entrance to Sooke Harbour Inlet. There has been a light at this location since @ 1906, but the date of the current structure is not known.  The spit is named after a crew member on the Royal Navy vessel 'Herald' that surveyed Sooke Harbour in 1846. The spit, which is a popular place for walks, protects the harbour from breakers coming in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This light is an active beacon atop a 21 foot tall cylindrical tower. The site also has a fog signal and a weather station.  Photos were taken in May 2014.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Boatswain Point Light, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Boatswain Point Light is a beacon that is located in a residential area in the northwest part of the island of Grand Cayman. It is a 20 foot skeletal tower on a concrete base. A light was first established in this area in approximately 1930, but the date of construction of the current beacon is not known. Photos taken in March 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Punta Langosta Lighthouse, San Miguel de Cozumel, Isla de Cozumel, Mexico

It is believed that a light was established at this point near the centre of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel on the Isla de Cozumel, Mexico in the early 1900's. The date of the current Punta Langosta Lighthouse is not known. It was active until the construction of the Punta Ealetita Lighthouse about 1 mile south in around the year 2000. It currently sits in a shopping/restaurant complex at the base of the Punta Langosta Pier and cruise ship dock. The light is now privately owned but has been reactivated to assist boats in the harbour.  Photo was taken in March 2014.

Punta Ealetita Lighthouse, San Miguel de Cozumel, Isla de Cozumel, Mexico

The 121 foot tall Punta Ealetita Lighthouse is situated just south of the centre of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel on the west side of the Isla de Cozumel, Mexico. It is a fairly new lighthouse and may have been constructed around the year 2000. The light is active. Apologies for the water spots on the rainy day closeup photo.  Photos taken in March 2014.


Punta Celerain Lighthouse (El Faro de Punta Celerain), Isla de Cozumel, Mexico

The Punta Celerain Lighthouse is located at the South West tip of the Isla de Cozumel, Mexico. It is in the Parque Punta Sur, an ecological park. The site was established in around 1908 and the current 85 foot concrete tower was constructed in 1934. The light remains active. There are remains of perhaps two previous lighthouses near the current tower. It is now also a tourist attraction and small museum and visitors are able to climb the tower. Photos taken in March 2014.



Key West Lighthouse, Key West, Florida

The U.S. established a naval base in Key West in 1823 which caused there to be a need for lighthouse. The first lighthouse was established in 1823 but destroyed by a hurricane in the 1840's. The current 65 foot tall lighthouse was opened in 1848 and was decommissioned in 1969. It now serves as a museum. The grounds are very well kept and there are a number of sculptures/statues to add to the ambience. The photos were taken in March 2014.
Keeper's Quarters



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grand Cayman Memorial Light, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Grand Cayman Memorial Light sits in the harbour in George Town on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. It is a concrete tower topped with a skeletal mast and a red beacon. It was constructed in 1980 as a memorial to the Caymanian Seamen who have lost their lives following the Caymanian tradition of going down to the sea in ships.  The beacon is active.  Photos taken in March 2014.