This beautiful replica of Palmer Island Lighthouse in Massachussetts designed by Harry Hine is #258 in a Limited Edition of 300 pieces.
Replica Size: 6 1/2" W by 4 1/2" D by 5" T
About the Artist....Harry Hine, artistic director for Harbour Lights, (and son-in-law to Harbour Lights founders Bill and Nancy Younger), has embarked upon his own line of lighthouse collectibles! Harbour Lights collectors will recognize Harry's same attention to detail and accuracy he exhibited when creating replicas for Harbour Lights! These are all new lighthouses, no remakes of any Harbour Lights creations!
A little lighthouse history...In the 1800's, New Bedford was the capital of the country's whaling industry. Ship owners and Captains petitioned Congress for the construction of a much needed lighthouse to mark the entrance to their thriving harbor.
In 1837, a beacon was built for $2000.00 at the entrance to New Bedford Harbor. Still, it soon became apparent that a lighthouse located on Palmer Island would significantly aid navigation upon entering the harbor.
Land was purchased in 1848 on the northern most tip of Palmer Island. A conical rubble stone, 24 foot tall tower with a birdcage style beacon was constructed the following year.
In order to address the problem of navigating the entrance to the harbor in dense fog, it was decided in 1900 to build a wood tower up the side of the original stone tower to house a 1,260 pound fog bell.
After the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1963, the station rapidly fell into disrepair. A fire in 1966 gutted the tower and almost destroyed the lantern room.
In 1999, the tower received much needed repairs and restoration. The beacon was relit, 150 years after its first lighting in 1849.
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