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 American Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.






New Canal Light Collapses But its Keepers are Committed to Seeing the Beacon Rise Up Again!


Anne Rheams, Deputy Director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, has provided the following update on New Canal Lighthouse following the extensive damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Katrina…


(Posted 11/30/2005) Just last Sunday the New Canal Lighthouse was standing in the same position it has been since the storms.  Monday a

strong cold front passed through and I had a bad feeling.  I went to take a look yesterday morning and that feeling was confirmed.  The wind and rain did in the shoring that we intended to do (see photos posted on this page).  The stairway that had been holding it

New Canal Lighthouse


up completely collapsed so the first floor crumbled.  The second floor is resting on the first and is supported in places by the ground and pilings.  The worst part is the cupola.  It completely snapped off, landed upside down on the ground, and is shattered. 


I immediately called the architects who met Carlton and me right away.
They were very encouraging.  Some thoughts: we won't have to shore it and, therefore, we can put more resources into restoration; the first


New Canal Lighthouse

floor was half blown away anyway; there is a lot of historic fabric left that we can use in the restoration; we can dismantle each piece, salvage the historic parts and in so doing, really see how it was originally built so we can replicate; and, last but not least, we can't

  give up!  It may take years to get it back but it is a symbol of the restoration of the whole city.  We have had numerous inquiries from citizens who feel this way. We need to restore it to a better condition that can withstand weather events.  It will make a great education center not only for ecology but also one that can display the effects of a hurricane and the restoration of a historic treasure.


Thanks to all of you for sticking with us through this saga.  Now our only
obstacle is insurance!!  We have been waiting weeks for liability insurance.  While it was tough to get pre-Katrina, it seems to be a lot


tougher post-K. The good news is that we have signed the first license with the Coast Guard.  After they review our report on the damage and a scope of work for restoration, we will, hopefully, sign the license that allows us to do the work.  And,

New Canal Lighthouse


of course, we need funding.  Any ideas on that will be welcomed!





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