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Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

Shining a Light on History – The National Lighthouse Museum Opens on Staten Island

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On August 7, 1789, George Washington signed the National Lighthouse Act, placing all the new nation’s lighthouses, buoys, coastal beacons, and other navigational aids under the federal government’s control. Exactly 225 years later, a group of historians and mariners celebrated the unveiling of the National Lighthouse Museum, an institution on Staten Island dedicated to preserving […]

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Christina Sun is a maritime artist whose passion for the New York Harbor inspires her artwork. Her connection with the harbor entices her to spend days with a paint brush or pen in hand drawing and painting the ships, tankers, and other vesselspassing though it. Her last name fits an artist whose creations are warm, […]

Hearing Voices Along the Shore

Hearing Voices Along the Shore

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Terry Walton is a writer who has had many seaside adventures. One favorite was dropping off the bow of a Coast Guard cutter onto Shooters Island (this former shipbuilding site now serves as a bird sanctuary, and Walton wanted to photograph herons). Another adventure involved helicoptering out to the Ambrose Light to research an article. In 1975, she explored old wooden ships in their graveyard beyond Staten Island, where “metal fittings and wooden masts had decades ago been stripped and sold for scrap, and over time the tides kept loosening planks and floating them away.”