Sun Climbing Over Thacher Island Lighthouse
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This image of Thacher Island Lighthouse was taken from Eden road in Rockport Massachusetts. The temperature was -4F degrees and with the winds gusting from 25-35MPH the wind chill dropped to a balmy -38F. The order of the day was layers and covering exposed skin. We were working the Thacher Island Lighthouses from 6:19 to 6:55 so with 25 minutes in the subzero temps, my thumbs were in pain, my mustache was ice covered and my batteries were unresponsive, a good morning, I would say!
The twin lights of Thacher Island are the oldest set of twin lights still in commission off the coast of Rockport and Gloucester harbors. Thacher Island is a small island off Cape Ann on the Massachusetts coast in the United States.
The twin lighthouses at Thacher Island either blink red or white. The North tower is a white light and the South tower is red.
Cape Ann was almost the second village in the colonies back in 1623 but the attempt failed in 1626 due to the harsh conditions. They then set up Salem Massachusetts which became the second city in Massachusetts. But people soon came back around 1642.
The island, named after Anthony Thacher, is surrounded by many shoals and underwater hazards not to mention that the island itself is very tough to avoid. Over the past 400 years many a ship’s captain ran aground there.
By 1771 there were so many shipwrecks around this area that the lighthouses were built on the island. After the battles of Lexington and Concord, The people felt that the lighthouses were helping the British more than the sailors so the Rockport militia went to the island and destroyed the lighthouses. They remaind dark for the duration of the Revolution and were repaired in 1784 and operational.
February 18th, 2015
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