LIGHTCAPE SPEAR NEWFOUNDLAND
Bridge tenders usually have to drive to the bridge and park their car someplace. Once in awhile the bridge tender can actually park ON the bridge if has wide shoulders, but the tender usually parks and walks to the bridge control building. Sometimes they just park on the shoulder of the road next to the bridge. Bridge tenders have actually been killed by cars on their bridges when going to their duty station.
Here, the bridge tender has a marked place to park in the Hillsboro Inlet Park which is right next to the bridge.
PONCE DE LEON INLET LIGHT, FLORIDA
A light was first built on this site, south of Daytona, in 1835, but soon after completion a severe storm washed much of the sand away from the base. Within a year, the tower had fallen into the sea
This is a dangerous inlet in some weathers. This is a large sailboat which was going out the inlet when the wind was from the east, and the tide was going out.
A half dozen boaters die each year using South Florida Inlets.
The Hillsboro Inlet requires skill and some local knowledge.
Tip: When using an inlet, wait for a locally-based boat that is larger that your boat. Follow that bigger boat at a safe distance. This will help you avoid shoaling and dangerous currents.
Watch for shoaling near the Light (to the north side, just outside the jetty.) The inlet is reasonably wide and navigable.
SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
In 1824 a lens was installed in the old watchtower, and St. Augustine became Florida's first lighthouse.
In the fall of 2000, we came down on the ICW from the Chesapeake, and we spent the night at a marina in Lighthouse Point. In the morning we accidentally went through the drawbridge and into Hillsboro Inlet. This was a horrifying mistake - Hillsboro inlet has a bad reputation, and we were so glad when the drawbridge operator let us back into the ICW. This time, we drove across the drawbridge and turned down into the Hillsboro Inlet Park on the otherside of the inlet to take photos.
The timeline for the lighthouse goes as follows:
1906—lighthouse completed in Detroit. Shipped via Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Illinois and Mississippi River, Gulf Mexico, & Key West. 4,000 Nautical-Mile trip. Meanwhile, J.H. Gardner Construction Co. of New Orleans gets awarded the contract for clearing the land/laying foundation/re-assembling and erection, cost $16,792.
1907—March 07. Lighthouse is placed into service
They do occasionally have lighthouse tours on Saturday
According to the lighthouse website. the next tour is
* 2009, Jan. 24 - scheduled
* 2009, Mar. 21 - scheduled
* Also, May. 23, Jul 25,
* Sep. 26, Nov 28
Most of the boats in the inlet are power boats. Because of shoaling, the inlet has to be constantly dredged, so there is a little barge that pumps the sand and some floating pipes right at the entrance. It is a tricky inlet in some conditions such as an opposing tide and wind which makes really steep short waves. It can be difficult to control a boat under such circumstances and sailboats which are often large heavy boats with a relatively tiny motor have more difficulty than power boats with their larger engine to boat ratio.
A half dozen boaters die each year using South Florida Inlets. Boaters should have good seamanship skills before using inlets. Strong currents and shoaling (in the inlets and just beyond the jetties) are common Florida inlet dangers.
We went into Lighthouse Point Marina on Sunday. They put us on an end dock, which was fine, but they did not have ANYONE to help us tie up, and the wind was blowing us out into the channel. Fixed docks- new. They have the customs boats, the sheriff and the tow people docked there. A new laundry room and mail room, new showers, ice, bait tubs, fuel, a small marine/convenience store, a small restaurant. Nothing nearby though. They have 50 amp connections, and you have to get a splitter for 30. They have water, but the TV/phone connections are not hooked up out on the docks. Probably because people have satellite dishes on their boats.
This park had free parking, playground equipment, benches (photo 2) and people (and some birds) were fishing from beside the inlet.
Fondest memory: It also had a really good view of the Hillsboro Inlet bridge (photo 5). The bridge tender gets her own parking space. And of course it was a good vantage point to take pictures of the lighthouse.