Lighthouses: Beacons of Hope

Alaska’s Hinchinbrook Island Light sits on a high cliff 235 feet above the ocean, at the SW corner of Hinchinbrook Island at the entrance to Prince William Sound. At this height, the horizon is 18 miles away and on a clear night, the light’s 15s flashing white beacon can be seen far out into the Gulf of Alaska. When you stand at the light you hear the ocean surf far below, … [Read more...]

China’s Lighthouses in Spratlys Beckon Recognition from Passing Ships

  By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - The next time the United States sends warships by China's man-made islands in the disputed South China, officers aboard will have to decide how, if at all, they will engage with a pair of giant lighthouses that Beijing lit up there this month. Chinese officials say the lighthouses on Cuarteron Reef and Johnson South Reef in … [Read more...]

This Guy Saved a Famous Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouse by Moving It

by Tom Moroney (Bloomberg) -- Chewing a cheap cigar atop an old bulldozer, Jerry Matyiko is at work in his office -- the stunning, colorful and rapidly eroding cliffs of Gay Head on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Matyiko is in town to rescue a local treasure. The 68-year-old Navy veteran moves stuff -- big stuff, like airport terminals and multistory office buildings -- … [Read more...]

Daredevil French Lighthouse Keeper Performs Crazy Aerial Transfer

Next time you think you have it rough while riding the Billy Pugh from the crewboat to the rig, thank your lucky stars you don't need to go back and forth from work like this: This undated video was shot at Le Kereon lighthouse off Brittany, France in the Iroise Sea at position 48° 26' 30" North, 05° 01' 46" West. This lighthouse is known for the many photos that have … [Read more...]