Atlantic lighthouses of United States coastal waters were essential for getting people and supplies to land since the early days of navigation. We lighthouse fans always think of those beautiful, esthetic towers. But, really, they do include other sorts, like that light tower placed in a major shipping lane of New York Bay in 1999. The Ambrose Light was dismantled in 2008.7 Nicknamed Texas Tower lighthouses since they're reminiscent of off-shore oil platforms!1 Don't you think so?
Sometime after 1776, the U.S realized federal oversight for lighthouse maintenance was needed. This responsibility was first given to an Auditor of the Treasury Department, S. Pleasonton in 1850. This stewardship officially began with a meeting April 28, 1851. Called the Lighthouse Establishment, enabling lighthouse guardianship more efficient with passing years.8
The U.S. Atlantic Coast needed lighthouses, with its many barrier islands, treacherous currents, valuable harbors and trading ports. Severe hurricanes damaged, even ruined many Atlantic lighthouses. But many survived. Those that suffered often were saved by those of us that love their value, romance and history! Let's see what lighthouses we have along the Atlantic coast. How many have you visited? Let Us Know Your Best Atlantic Lighthouse Trip>
What comes to mind thinking of Maine lighthouses? We kind of think of crashing waves on rocky wind-swept beaches, with some low-lying cliffs. What do you think of? Author W.O. Thomson said that "New England lighthouses are legendary."2 Maine has an overwhelming share of Atlantic lighthouse legends!
Let's think of an actual Maine lighthouse we can visit. And then some we'll have to reflect on. Here are some of these Atlantic lighthouses of Maine.
Lighthouses built on Cape Cod in Massachusetts faced rough weather in this Atlantic coast location. Pilgrims settling the area influenced original construction. They built their New England homes in the tradition brought with them from European homelands, where they faced harsh winters. Strong, practical, without any "fluff."3 Thus, Cape Cod styling for lighthouses, centered the light tower on the keeper's cottage roof, incorporating it into the home's structure. The all-in-one building was made functional and solid.4 But, do you think it was, really?
New Jersey prides itself on its Atlantic lighthouses. We spent our youth and early married life in coastal towns in the Garden State. So had opportunities to visit some of them. Thing was, the state functions for recreation weren't then as well developed as it seems today. We'll be rechecking our childhood haunts for sure!