A rusty old boat and tale of the Lighthouse.

May 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Lorain Lighthouse – Lorain 365 ( L. Miller)

 

Taking a break from the series of “healthcare USA” to  tell the tale of a rusty  old metal  boat, not really  wanted anymore , not much use, holes in the bottom,two  or three paint colors interspersed with  the rust. BUT she has a tale to  tell this old girl , she carried the volunteers out into  the lake and to  the Lorain Lighthouse on many  a day.

Lorain Lighthouse , the history  of the previous and current lighthouses can be found here https://lorainlighthouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Lorain-Lighthouse-History-1917-2017.pdf  on the webpage of http://www.lorainlighthouse.com .

1965 the United States Coast Guard had no  further use for the “Lorain Light “and she was slated for demolition . Fate intervened and people rallied to  Save the Lighthouse.  1966 the Lorain Light was decommissioned and a five year lease was given. Unfortunately , things didn’t go  as planned, the lease expired  and the Coast Guard turned the property  over to  the General Services Administration .

1974  and bids were put out to  purchase the Lorain Lighthouse. A community  rallied around , politicians , businesses , historical societies, local and state government got behind the saving of  what has now become the ICON of ALL THINGS LORAIN. Ironic when you  think just a few decades ago  she was scheduled to  be demolished. Now of course every  where you  look  she is used in advertising, promotions, fodder for the photographers, she is Lorain!

But what of those volunteers mentioned in the “history ”  the ones that took on a huge project to rehab , maintain and make her beautiful once again, they  had to  make the journey  from the shore to  the light.   The history  tells   one such  operation in the many  years of restoration and bring in the “light”  was “Operation Lighthouse”

 “Operation Lighthouse” took about 17 days to complete with multiple delays due to inclement weather that made trips out to the Lighthouse risky.

and there it is our segue from land to  shore and back  again – a rusty  old blue battered boat that has sat in many  places over the years , in wind and weather no-one particularly caring for her. And yet it was this boat that took those volunteers time and time again safely  to  and from the Lighthouse in order to  save her .

This rusty  old tub has a new home , delivered by  volunteers on Lorain Pride Day  to  between 2nd and 1st streets on Oberlin Avenue.

photo Lisa Miller

The area just west of Eric Barnes Heroes Walk, south  of Settlers’ Watch , where a replica carved from a tree stands in the children’s garden

, north  of Lorain Utilities parking lot and positioned pointing to  the Lorain Lighthouse, near the Lighthouse shed

and the Lorain Portside sign.

photo Tracy Isenberg

She has been beached , and soon will be landscaped and loved once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her contribution to  the Lorain Lighthouse recognized, a reminder of those volunteers. In weeks to  come she will be tied to  granite pylons, sea grasses and plants will adorn her area , white gravel and blue glass mulch , roping, a lick  of paint here and there  and new lettering  and love will anchor this old lady  of the lake .  The volunteers and people who  saved the Lighthouse deserve such admiration and recognition. I hope they  will remember the old blue boat with  a fondness and smile as she settles in her new home promoting  and recognizing  the Lighthouse .

I often think if everyone who  used the likeness of the Lorain Lighthouse  and actually  make money  from her likeness  would donate a few dollars to  the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation they  would never have to  ask for any  money  again.

Photo Mark Teleha

Such  is the tale of a Lighthouse in Lorain and an old rusty  blue boat, together again …..

Photo courtesy  of http://www.lorainlighthouse.com

The Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1989 by a group of civic leaders wanting to preserve Lorain’s historic lighthouse. The foundation is a volunteer group looking to preserve a unique part of our local history – the Lorain Lighthouse.

Your donation can help the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. to maintain “The Jewel of the Port” as one of Lorain’s most famous landmarks. All gifts to preserve and maintain the Lorain Lighthouse are fully tax-deductible.

Lorain Lighthouse
319 Black River Lane
Lorain, OH 44052

 

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