Captain Charles Ferreira and the Lost Lights of Throggs Neck, New York – “Skipper Wore out four Bronx Lighthouses.
By Timothy Harrison. The 1944 retirement ceremony of lighthouse keeper “Captain” Charles A. Ferreira may have been one of the largest, if not the largest, official retirement ceremony of a lighthouse keeper in American history. The ceremony at Fort Schuyler, in the Bronx, New York, took place where Ferreira had lived for an amazing sixty years, 34 of them as the official keeper of the Throggs Neck Lighthouse, and many years before that as unofficial assistant to his father, veteran keeper, Alexander Ferreira who became the keeper at the lighthouse in 1884 after previously serving at Bergen Point and Navesink Lighthouse Stations in New Jersey. As well as many family members, Ferreira’s retirement ceremony was attended by former lighthouse keepers, retired Army officers, Coast Guard personnel, a U. S. Navy Vice Admiral and 450 white-clad midshipmen and 21 officers who marched in review to honor Ferreira.
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