Heron Neck Lighthouse & the Fire that Changed History


Heron Neck Lighthouse & the Fire that Changed History

Download the complete story originally printed in the MarchApril 2011 issue of Lighthouse Digest.

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By Timothy Harrison. As I was going through some photographs that were recently shared with us by former Coast Guardsman Joseph Hartman, who was stationed at Heron Neck Lighthouse on Green Island near Vinalhaven, Maine from November 1977 to September 1978, it immediately brought back memories of the very first issue of Lighthouse Digest. The headline and front page story in that issue of our newspaper-style publication, as it was in those days, read “Heron Neck Rescue,” with a sub-headline of “Massachusetts Developer to Save Historic Light Station.”
That’s when I realized how I could tie in Hartman’s photos for a story on how Heron Neck Lighthouse became the
lighthouse that played an integral part in changing modern lighthouse history. One of the first photos that I noticed in Hartman’s collection was of the lighthouse dog, “Boot,” who was the pet of Coast Guardsman Larry Smart, who was stationed at Heron Neck with Hartman in 1977. Seeing the photo of the dog on the front porch of the keeper’s house reminded me of the famous lighthouse dogs Nemo and Rover owned by Heron Neck Lighthouse keeper Levi Farnham. In the early 1900s, Farnham’s dogs were trained to bark when the fog rolled in. . .”
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