Lighthouse Tour of the Gulf Coast 2009
Group in front of St. Marks Lighthouse
Cape San Blas Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters
The newly restored Cape St. George Lighthouse
Carol & Mary at Middle Bay Lighthouse
Chandeleur Lighthouse Lens
Located on the eastern rim of the Pontchartrain Basin, the Chandeleur islands were named by the French explorer Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur d'lberville. He sailed past the islands on February 1, 1700, the eve of the religious celebration known in English as Candlemas Day and known in French as "La Fete de la Chandeleur". The ceremoniously named islands mark the way to the current Mississippi River entrance.
Lobby at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans
Cathedral of St. Louis, King of France
The Dukes of Dixie Land perform in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival
Cathedral of St. Louis, King of France
The first church on this site designed by Adrien De Pauger was erected 1724-1727 and was destroyed in the great fire of 1788. The second church - a gift of Don Andres Almonester Y Roxas was designed by Gilberto Guillemard. This church served until it was enlarged and essentially rebuilt in 1849 from designs of J.N.B. De Pouilly, Architect. Designated as the Metropolitan Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1850. On December 9, 1964, Pope Paul VI bestowed upon it the rank of Minor Basilica
Beautiful balcony in the French Quarter in New Orleans
Everyone having fun at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans
Site of the New Canal Lighthouse and where the new structure will be built
Members at New Canal Lighthouse presentation
Ken & Sharon on the porch at the Tchefuncte River Keeper's House
Society members on the way to the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Society members arriving at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Ron, Pat and Cyn at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Society members at the top of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
View from the top of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Tim at the top of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Alma and Tony at the top of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Society members in the overflow boat on the way back from the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Amy at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
Lantern room at the Biloxi Lighthouse
Bob, Mary Ellen & Skip at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The last standing lighthouse in Mississippi
Donna, John & Mary on the beach at the Biloxi Lighthouse
Society Members touring the U.S.S. Alabama
The Spud Locker...need we say more!
St. Joseph Point rebuilt Lantern Room
Danny Raffield, who is the current owner of the St. Joseph Point Ligthouse, standing inside his rebuilt Lantern Room
Candace behind bars at the St. Joseph Point rebuilt Lantern Room
St. Joseph Point, waiting for it's Lantern Room
At the dock at the St. Joseph Point Lighthouse
Archival Photo of the St. Joseph Point Lighthouse with original Lantern Room
Members climbing Cape San Blas Lighthouse
The restored Cape St. George Ligthouse
Consturction began in 1856, was lit in 1859 and is still in use at the present time. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse built in 1824, the first lighthouse on the Gulf Coast.
Sand Island Lighthouse 2nd Order Fresnel Lens 1873-1971
Mobile Point Lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel Lens 1873-1966
Mobile Point's first lighthouse was a 55-foot brick tower constructed in 1822. The fourth order lens with twenty one lamps and fourteen inch reflectors was visible from twelve to fourteen miles at sea. Because the Mobile Point light was equivalent to a common harbor light the Lighthouse Board made the decision to erect a new seacoast light with a more powerful first order lens on Sand Island.
The Mobile Point light received a new fourth order Fresnel lens in 1858 and its status was confirmed as a harbor light. After the start of the Civil War the Confederate Ligthhouse Service removed the lens and shipped it to Montgomery for safekeeping.
In August 1864 the brick light tower became the target of Union artillery during the seige of Fort Morgan. By the time of the fort's surrender on August 23 the lighthouse had suffered irreparable damage. After the war the U.S. Lighthouse Board ordered the damaged tower demolished.
In late 1872 work began on a new Mobile Point light tower. The Lighthouse Service shipped the lattice work tower to Mobile Point in November. Workmen erected the tower during January 1873 and placed the 1858 fourth order lens in the lantern house. On February 15, 1873 the fixed red beacon was lighted for the first time.
The Mobile Point light served as a guide to mariners until 1966 when it was extinguished for the last time and replaced by an automated rotating beacon.
Dauphin Island off shore natrual gas rig
Jeff enjoying the French Quarter in New Oreleans
Middle Bay Lighthouse helping yet another vessel travel safely
New Orleans Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Gargoyle at the Pensacola Lighthouse
View of the Naval Air Station from the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse
Break time at the Capt. Cove Marina...what a time to have to wait in line!
St. Joseph Point restored Lantern
Tchefuncte River Keeper's House
Jeff and Mary look down from the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
The world famous "Burnt Out Wicks" performing some of their classic songs for devoted fans
Wakulla Springs Gator looking for lunch
Luke our tour guide at Wakulla Springs