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Work to Begin at Whaleback Light Station.

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Work to Begin at Whaleback Light Station.

Posted on February 27, 2012

Work to Begin at Whaleback Light Station.

Bob Trapani, Jr., American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) Executive Director, reports that there is one universal trait that shines brighter than any other in the lighthouse preservation field – the ‘can do’ attitude that is exhibited by so many of today’s modern day ‘keepers.’ Nowhere is this more evident than at offshore lights, especially those towers presiding over wave-swept ledges.

Maine’s Whaleback Lighthouse, situated at the entrance to the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine, and New Castle, New Hampshire is one such place. The rugged 1872 sentinel is owned by the American Lighthouse Foundation and under the care of the organization’s local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses.

When it comes to offshore projects, getting there by boat, and coping with the vagaries of the sea at the same time are one challenge, but even when you get there, the act of disembarking volunteers and equipment raises a whole new set of difficulties.