Pat Shingleton: "Keeping the Light On..."
The “keeper of the light” used kerosene to light the lamps. The lighthouse man donned a pair of colored goggles, preventing blurred vision from the ignition flash. From the coast of the Pacific Northwest to California, the Gulf of Mexico and to the Atlantic seaboard, more than a thousand lighthouses guided the ships at sea away from coastal tragedy. The lighthouse brought many a captain through gales, storms or fog. The tallest lighthouse is located in Cape Hatteras. By an Act of Congress, only one manned lighthouse remains and is located in New England, referred to as "The Boston Light." The other two are "The Sandy Hook Light" in New Jersey and another that was kept for 65 years by Frank Schubert who manned the Coney Island Lighthouse. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until December of 2003. Schubert died at the age of 88, the last Coast Guard civilian lighthouse keeper.