Lighthouses

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

A look at the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Hampshire

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is made out of wood in the past when construction started at Great Island. It was finally lighted by 1771 and its tower stood about 50 feet tall with an iron lantern on top. It comes with a roof made out of copper and the light is made using three oil lamps that are also made out of copper. The very first keeper of this lighthouse was John Cochran. It was the first ever light station that was made at the station of the British colonies in the US.

For the longest time, the lighthouse has been called with a variety of names such as New Castle Light, Fort Constitution Light and the Fort Point Light. Between the years of 1774 to 1784, it was believed that the lighthouse was not lit but it served well as a lookout post during the Revolution which happened in Portsmouth. It was only by 1784 when it was again relighted and was completely renovated. In 1793, President George Washington made an order for its light to be maintained always along with a keeper to look over it.

In 1878, the lighthouse tower material of wood was replaced with a cast iron when the incident of fire ruined the first make of the lighthouse. It is one amazing example of a durable yet low maintenance lighthouse which John Albee from New Castle described as ‘hideous’. The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse can be seen when you ride on tour boats that leave Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse Overlooks The Sea

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse sitting on the shore overlooking the ocean.

 

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse Spiral Staircase

A look up the spiral staircase inside the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

 

The Upper Area Of The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

A view focused on the top of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

 

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse Being Maintained

The regular scheduled maintenance at the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

 

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse From Up Above

A birds eye view of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

 

 

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