Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wanna Buy a Lighthouse?

The U. S. Coast Guard has made this year's expendable lighthouse list available to the general public. In accordance with the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, a number of lighthouses will be deemed "expendable" each year and will be made available to municipalities and nonprofit organizations which apply for a particular lighthouse and can meet a number of requirements, (such as filing a financial plan for restoration and maintainance of the lighthouse, a plan for public viewing within a "reasonable" amount of time, proof of ability to secure insurance for the lighthouse, allowing the Coast Guard access to the working light, and much more). The entire process and requirements can be read by clicking on the above link.

This year's 13 available lighthouses are;



CONNECTICUT


Penfield Reef ~~Located on Long Island Sound approximately 1 mile off the coast of Fairfield. This 35 foot tall lighthouse, constructed of wood and granite, was built in 1874 at a cost of $55,000 and lies upon a small "island" of rocks, (actually a cylindrical granite pier). It is said to be haunted by a former keeper who drowned nearby. The town of Fairfield seems to be quite interested in acquiring the lighthouse, but has not, as of yet, filed an application.







Saybrook Breakwater~~ Also located in Long Island Sound. It lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River in the town of Old Saybrook. Working in tandem with the Lynde Point Lighthouse, about a mile and a half away, it has been a working aid to navigation since 1886.







DELAWARE




Bellevue Range Rear Tower~~ Marks the entrance to the Christiana River from the larger Delaware River, this 104 foot tall skeletal tower was built in 1909. Due to river dredging over the years, the lighthouse, originally built out in the Delaware River, now stands well within the Christiana River! **note to buyer, this lighthouse is within sight and smell of nearby Cherry Island trash landfill!**






INDIANA



Michigan City East Pierhead ~~ Indiana's last surviving lighthouse. Built in 1904, this lighthouse originally used the catwalk pictured at left for access to the lighthouse from the keeper's home on shore. Please note that only the lighthouse is available, the new owner has to get permission from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, owner of the pier and catwalk, for access to the lighthouse! The Municipality of Michigan City seems to be the early frontrunner to get this lighthouse.




MAINE


Whaleback Ledge~~ This 50-foot tall granite lighthouse lies outside Kittery. Accessible only by boat, the perspective owner will have to have deep pockets, as the maintainance costs alone for this off-shore lighthouse can get very, very costly. As of yet, no party has shown any real interest.




MASSACHUSETTS






Cleveland East Ledge~~Located near the western entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, this may be the most expensive restoration project of any of this year's crop. Built in 1943, this 70 foot tall concrete lighthouse has had many years of neglect. Among other issues, the new owner must remove an extensive amount of asbestos inside the lighthouse, as well as layers of lead paint. Other than that, it makes a great Cape Cod vacation home!





MINNESOTA


Duluth Harbor South Breakwater Inner~~Also known as the Duluth Rear Range Light. New owner of this 1901 built 68 foot tall skeletal tower will have to deal with the frequent raising and closing of the large lift bridge right in its own back yard. No word, as of yet, of interested parties.




NEW JERSEY

Brandywine Shoal~~Another off-shore lighthouse. This 45-foot tall cast iron "spark plug" lighthouse was built in 1914. Unlike most off-shore caisson-based lighthouses, Brandywine is surrounded by its own little island of "rip-rap" stone protection. An easy jaunt to Philadelphia may be one of this lighthouse's best (or worse, depending on one's outlook of the City of Brotherly Love), selling points.



NEW YORK


Execution Rocks~~In Long Island Sound off of New Rochelle, the name is derived from the Revolutionary War. Legend has it, American prisoners were chained to the rocks here by the British at low tide. The prisoners would drown slowly as the tide became higher. A story like that would make great party chatter for guests of the new owners, don't you think?






Old Orchard Shoal~~Who needs a Manhattan penthouse when you could own this beauty in Lower New York Bay, about three miles offshore from Staten Island. Built in 1893, this 35 foot tall "spark plug" is in close proximity to Great Kills Park, offshore of the Gateway National Recreation Area.











West Bank Light ~~At 70 feet, it's the tallest offshore lighthouse in New York Harbor. Great views are afforded from this lighthouse, to Staten Island's South Beach and the Coney Island boardwalk. Built in 1901, the light is solar powered, but the Coast Guard won't let the new owner use the panels. There is no other source of power, it will have to be input by the buyer.




OHIO




Cleveland Harbor East Pierhead~~Originally built in 1880 for use in Rochester, New York, this lighthouse was relocated to the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland in 1911. Tower is 25 feet tall, and the new owner must be fond of walking, as the lighthouse sits at the end of a three mile long pier.







Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater~~ This 60 foot tall concrete building sits on a 23 foot tall concrete base at the very end of a long pier. Two groups are interested in acquiring this lighthouse. The first, a Jewish school which wants to educate special needs students there, and the second being an Army and Navy Union Garrison.

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6 Comments:

Blogger wposch said...

Hello!
I am also a fellow lighthouse enthusiat, from NJ.
We, my wife and I, have visited the New England area several times and visited many lighthouses. We were just in Mystic, CT and took a 5 hour lighthouse cruise that was simply awesome!
We will also be heading to Portsmouth, NH in mid-October for an extended weekend vacation and will visit, Cape Neddick as well as Portsmouth Harbour lighthouse and possibly others.

August 2, 2007 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Cape Cod Roland said...

Thanks for the note Bill.
Connecticut has some hidden gems, that's for sure. Mystic is a favorite destination of ours, love the Old Mistick Seaport, with its' recreation of Brant Point Lighthouse, and the aquarium is also a great spot.
While you're in Kittery, Maine on your next trip, try to get over to Fort Foster or Fort McClary. You can get an excellent view of Whaleback from either of those spots.

August 2, 2007 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger mopar28m said...

Who do you contact if you are interested in a lighthouse? I would like the one in Duluth, MN. That is my faovrite place to vacation & the bridge wouldn't bother me one bit. :)

June 19, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Cape Cod Roland said...

You'd have to contact the GSA, (General Services Administration). A link to their website has been provided in the story.

June 19, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM A FORMER MEMBER OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD, ONCE ASSIGNED AS LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER IN CHICAGO HARBOR.

THIS WAS A TERRIFIC DUTY AND EXCELLENT BENEFITS.

FOR EVERY TWO WEEKS ON THE LIGHTHOUSE, WITH ALL THE FOOD YOU MAY WANT, A COASTIE WOULD RECEIVE ONE FULL WEEK VACATION WITH PAY.

THERE WERE ALWAYS TWO COASTIES ON THE LIGHTHOUSE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. WHILE TWO WERE ON, ONE WAS ON VACATION FOR ONE FULL WEEK WITH PAY. THEY CONTINUED TO ROTATE IN THIS MANNER.

SURE WISH I COULD AFFORD ONE OF THESE LIGHTHOUSES THE COAST GUARD HAS FOR SALE. I HAD MY FILL OF THE ONE IN CHICAGO. IF I HAD MY RATHERS, I WOULD CHOSE SOMEWHERE AROUND THE COAST OF MAINE.

THE STEPHEN KING MOVIE, "STORM OF THE CENTURY" WAS GREAT. OF COURSE, I WOULD NOT WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO ME IN THIS MANNER.

KEVIN

January 21, 2009 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Cape Cod Roland said...

Thanks for the comment Kevin. It's always great to hear from Coasties.
I'm sorry it took so long to post as we've had some technical issues on our side which prevented us from seeing our visitors' posts. Hopefully, all of the glitches have been corrected.

February 7, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

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