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Pat Shingleton: "We'll Keep A Light On For you..."

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago June 22, 2015 Jun 22, 2015 Monday, June 22 2015 June 22, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Before electricity, the keeper of the lighthouse kept the lamps lit using kerosene. The lighthouseman 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 to the Atlantic seaboard; more than a thousand lighthouses guided the ships at sea away from coastal tragedy and brought many a captain through gales, tropical storms or fog. Today there is only one manned lighthouse remaining in New England. The other was kept for 65 years by Frank Schubert who manned the Coney Island Lighthouse. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until December 11 of 2003. Schubert died at the age of 88 as the last of the Coast Guard's civilian lighthouse keepers.

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