Thursday, July 28, 2011
Greetings from Salem!
Yes, yes, I know that I should be home editing pictures from Niagara Falls and Vermont but instead I'm off on yet another jaunt and taking even more pictures that will eventually need to be edited. What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment. Either that or I like to take full advantage of my days off!
After arriving back in one of my favorite Massachusetts towns early evening yesterday, my cousin and I spent awhile walking around Salem which included a stroll out to Derby Wharf Lighthouse - a square brick lighthouse that was originally painted red when it was built in 1871 at the cost of $3,000. The tower is 14 feet tall to the lantern level and each face of the tower is 12 feet across. A fifth-order Fresnel lens exhibited a fixed red light from 25 feet above mean high water when the light on the wharf was first lighted on January 17th, 1871 but was switched to several other types of lights before it was ultimately replaced by a 155-mm solar-powered optic in 1983 after the Friends of Salem Maritime had the lighthouse restored and relighted as a private aid to navigation following its deactivation in 1977.
As you can see, the lighthouse is obviously located in a very popular place for fishing on what was a beautiful July night. If I fished, I wouldn't have minded joining all of the folks enjoying themselves at the end of the wharf but that's okay, I've got a fun couple of days planned and there's no bait required!