Historic 1903 Lens Returned to Top of Montauk Point (NY) Lighthouse, Enhancing Its Beam of Light

The beams of light extending out in two directions from the top of the Montauk Point Lighthouse swept across the moorlands for the first time in decades on Monday night.

                                                                                                               Photos of Fresnel lens at Montauk, NY - Dan May

For most of the 20th century, the light beams that appear as a sweeping flood of light up close, but a flash every 8 seconds from a distance, was one of the brightest ever devised in its time, thanks to a special lens that focused reflected light into a concentrated laser of light far brighter than the bulb behind it could generate on its own.

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Longer dock mean more boaters can visit the St. Helena Island (MI) in Straits of Mackinac

An historic island lighthouse in the Straits of Mackinac will be more accessible with the installation of a new roll-out dock extension.

St. Helena Island, MI - Ralph Eshelman

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One of the nation's last resident lighthouse keepers at Goat Island, (ME) examines future

On an exceptionally calm fall morning, Scott Dombrowski walked down an old dock towards a small dinghy. He looked out over the waters of Cape Porpoise, Maine, and commented on how still the water was for this time of year.

Goat Island, ME - Keremy D'Entremont

"You never see it like this," Dombrowski said as he pulled the ripcord on an old outboard engine attached to the boat he had just untied.

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Gallery: Grosse Point (IL) Lighthouse offers serene views near campus

Just off campus lies a hidden treasure: Grosse Point Lighthouse.

Grosse Point, IL - Thomas A Tag

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Drone soars above iconic Grand Haven (MI) lighthouse for unique view of Lake Michigan waves

November gale winds whipped up large waves on Lake Michigan on Monday as MLive launched a drone to get a birds-eye perspective.

Grand Haven MI -  USLHS archives

The unique angle captured large waves crashing in the Grand Haven South Pier and the two lighthouses on the pier.

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Why a historic Toronto lighthouse now watches over speeding cars and streetcar tracks

Queens Wharf lighthouse no longer guides ships. The landmark is now surrounded by traffic.

Queens Wharf, Canada - USLHS archive

Once upon a time, Toronto's Queen's Wharf Lighthouse beamed a red light out over the rocks on the shore of Lake Ontario. Today if its light still worked, it would show the way for a TTC streetcar.

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The Lighthouse of Alexandria: An Ancient Greek Engineering Marvel

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was an engineering marvel that served to guide ships to the port city.

Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt - USLHS Archives

It was completed in the 3rd century BC during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the son of Ptolemy I ...

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By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea: Webcams now gaze out from Boston Light, MA

The Coast Guard reports that Boston Light is now equipped with four Webcams, letting people see the view from the entrance to Boston Harbor.

 Boston, MA - Jeremy D'Entremont

Oh, and yeah, they're just cool to look at.

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Annual beacon lighting ceremony at Split Rock (MN) Lighthouse honors the Edmund Fitzgerald

Every year on Nov. 10, the beacon at Split Rock Lighthouse is lit to commemorate the sinking of the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald and pay tribute to all the other vessels lost on the Great Lakes.

 Split Rock, MN - AE Crane

The annual ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow with the reading of the 29 crew members who lost their lives on that fateful day.

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Harpswell, businessman to apply to take over stewardship of historic Little Mark Island (ME) lighthouse

The Little Mark Island Monument, just over a mile off the tip of Bailey Island, looks more like an obelisk than a lighthouse.

Little Mark Island, ME - Jeremy D'Entremont

It's incongruous, a jolt to the eyes- and yet, rising 55 feet above the chiseled gray water of Harpswell Sound, the granite spire ribbed with shadows somehow fits right in.

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