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The Hope Town Lighthouse taken from a boat approaching Hope Town. The weather was not cooperative and rained most of the day. The sun came through the heavy clouds for a few minutes and I was able to take a couple of shots with sunlight on the tower.
This light is the oldest kerosene powered light in the world and two others can be found in the Abacos at San Salvador and Great Inagua. An article in the Summer/Fall 1998 Abaco Life magazine explained in depth about the workings of this light. The four-ton apparatus sits in a tub of mercury which makes it extremely easy to turn. We had a chance to turn the light with a touch of our finger while at the top. The light is kept in motion by "the descending pull of seven hundred pounds of weights" which the keepers must hand crank every two hours. The two keepers, Edmund Walkes and Jeffrey Forbes, think that it's very important to keep this light preserved in its "authentic, kerosene-burning, hand-wound state". The two men work in 6 hour shifts at night, one pulling down the curtains that surround the Fresnel lens during the day and lighting the lamp, then keeping watch until 1:00 AM. The next man comes on duty then and keeps watch until dawn at which time he extinguishes the light and pulls the curtains around the lens once again. These curtains keep the sun from shining through the glass which would cause fires to light in the town.

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