Keepers of the Light

Keepers of the Light (HM8QE)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 8.026', W 81° 23.603'

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The present lighthouse was commissioned by the U.S.Government in 1867 to bebuilt adjacent to the site ofthe 1810 tower. The 104' towerand keeper's dwelling weredesigned by the notedarchitect Charles Clusky.Clusky and several of his crewmembers died of malariaduring construction. The lightand dwelling were completedin 1872.

The Lighthouse and Keeper'sDwelling Today
T
he lighthouse tower is of brickconstruction. Cylindrical in shape, it has a 129-step cast-iron spiralstaircase. The foundation is 8' below ground, 30' in diameter, and3' thick. In 1890, the fireproof oilhouse was constructed. The oil house was designed to hold450 5-gallon containers of keroseneto light the lamp in the lantern room.Later, large oil drums were installedin the oil house to contain the fuel.

The Keepers Life
S
everal lighthouse keepers, suchas C.O. Svendsen ( to your left), andtheir assistants did duty at thisstation. Often, the keeper's wifeserved as his assistant keeper. The lighthouse was completelyautomated in 1953.
The early lives' of the keepers werelonely and monotonous. The Keeper'smain task was to keep the lightburning from sunset to sunrise. Inaddition, he was responsible for routine maintenance of the lens,buildings such as barns, boat houses,residence, and grounds.
The pay was $400 to $600 per year inthe 19th Century. The highly prizedposition required the Keeper to be able to read and write, and sons oftenfollowed fathers and grandfathersfootsteps into the United StatesLighthouse Service.
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HM NumberHM8QE
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Placed ByCoastal Georgia Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 2:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 462497 N 3444493
Decimal Degrees31.13376667, -81.39338333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 8.026', W 81° 23.603'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 8' 1.56" N, 81° 23' 36.18" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 12th St, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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