SunWard Tours is proud to assist in the efforts of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation in their mission to not only share the lighthouse with as many people as possible, but to also rebuild the Keepers’ Cottages as they were originally. Please consider a membership with the foundation.
A Few Words from Bob Merrilees
Past President, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation
The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation continues its quest to rebuild the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages and to increase access to the Lighthouse. The Air Force and other regulatory and environmental requirements have been diligently pursued and accomplished, for the most part. Our progress is due to the aggressive and persistent efforts of Ginny Davis, the heart of our Foundation. Now that we are at this pivotal point, funding is the challenge. Our critical need is a decision on how we go about this fundraising and who will lead this effort.
We have so many loyal partners in our corner such as RZK Architects; Hensel Phelps; Robert Elliott, our Air Force point of contact for site plans; as well as our members and volunteers. In the coming year we will be working to strengthen and broaden our Foundation Board in order to move forward toward our goals.
We are still looking for a Newsletter Editor and a Keeper’s Closet Manager and hope one or more volunteers will step up and lend a hand.
The resumption of the Lighthouse tours, which began in January 2016, has been a real boost to our visibility in the community and has resulted in an increased income stream from the Keeper’s Closet at the Lighthouse and occasional donations from SunWard Tours and the community.
We sincerely thank all of you for your continued support.
We have another special date available to visit the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Although the focus of the tour is the lighthouse, the fully narrated bus tour will take you past some of the most iconic launch pads in America’s quest for the Moon and beyond. Before and after your one hour visit to the lighthouse, you will learn how the US Air Force and the 45th Space Wing were, and, are instrumental in placing men on the moon and sending missions to Mars and beyond.
Only ten seats are still available on Thursday, March 16th.
Visit www.CanaveralLighthouse.com to make a reservation. Regularly scheduled tours are on Fridays and Saturdays. Please keep in mind that all US citizens must register at least 48 hours in advance and all non US citizens must register all least 72 hours in advance of their tour.
If you are an aspiring Pharologist, remember to bring your Lighthouse Pass Book for a stamp from the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse that is not easily attained.
Hmmm… Have you ever wondered how many lighthouses are in the United States? Or, which state has the most? Good thing your local pharologist wonders about such important matters. Before we even became the United States of America, the British built 13 Light houses on the eastern seaboard. Although many of the more than 1000 lighthouses originally built many have been decommissioned, there are still an estimated 680 active today.
The East Coast boasts a whopping 391 beacons and the West Coast only has 94 still in operation. Keep in mind that the Great Lakes have a whole bunch. Michigan is known to have more than any other state including Florida and Maine. Michigan alone has between 124 and 130 (depending on your source of information). Even though Florida has the most miles of shore line, we only have 29 (30?) remaining lighthouses. Maine weighs in with a whopping 57 active beacons.
Be sure to check out the very cool lighthouse maps available from Bella Terra at http://bellaterramaps.com/united_states_lighthouses.html.
The Instructuctions to Light Keepers printed in July 1881 details all aspects of a Light Keepers duties and responsibilities.
The section about consumables seems rather generous considering how difficult is must have been to get all of the supplies to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. I guess there was no limit to the amount of bananas allowed.
A big “thank you” goes out to Bob Socks and the Titusville Sunrise Rotary club for joining us on the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tour on January 21st. Bob and his group brought not only the majority of their civic club, they also brought a half dozen foreign exchange students on the tour. Comments ranged from “Wow!” and “I never knew about this lighthouse” to “What an amazing adventure in our own back yard”. After enjoying lunch along the Port Canaveral waterfront, they spent some quality time in the Exploration Tower. Many of the guests expressed excitement at seeing their tour route on the Air Force Station from the observation deck on the seventh floor of the Tower.
At long last, the gift shop at the Cape Canaveral lighthouse has moved out of the bottom floor of the lighthouse and into a dedicated building next to the lighthouse. When you join SunWard Tours on a guided tour of the lighthouse and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, you will have ample time to visit the gift shop to browse for shirts, hats, books, knick-knacks and the ever popular Lighthouse Passport. If you already have a lighthouse passport, be sure to visit the gift shop for a free stamp in your passport so you can show your friends that you are among the lucky visitors. Many beginning Pharologists (those who study or, are enthused by lighthouses) like to buy a post card and have the official lighthouse stamp added for impact. If you have friends and family that are not able to visit the lighthouse, stop into the Exploration Tower on the south side of Port Canaveral (www.ExplorationTower.com) and see the many cool items relating to the lighthouse as well as Port Canaveral.