Jul 3, 2011

Patriotic safe passage

Naples doesn’t have a lighthouse.

That makes me wonder why.

This view makes it appear tall ,,,

Maybe it did at one time, or never did, or instead had lights equipped at the edge of its pier which in the era before trains and automobiles was the spot where the passenger boats docked in.

But standing away it almost looks shorter than the trees.

Compare that to Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre De Grace, Maryland at the mouth of the Mighty Susquehanna River.

It’s the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation in the United States …

Or so the sign says.

The lighthouse provided safe passage for boats ...

It’s also a famous spot in the War of 1812 …

Albeit for an event that happened the following year.

And as a historical place in our nation's safety

Florida didn’t even become a state until 1845.

This gentleman at the base knew the story front and back ...

The lighthouse is strong – almost 4 feet thick (of solid stone) at its base,

And at 36 feet high has a pretty good view.

The view from the top was pretty good ...

Of course it was built for the view, but to be seen from afar.

If also a bit cramped.

For boats coming up the Chesapeake that was 8.5 miles away.

3 comments:

Caroline said...

Perfect picture for the day.

Coy said...

And a happy 4th to you!

The Chesapeake is rimmed by some beautiful historic lighthouse. I haven't visited this one yet. Must put it on my to-do list.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

There are some lighthouses over on the east Coast and in the Keys, i.e., reefs and tight boating passages ... and also higher surf.