Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The old (and new) Minot Light

Replica of the top of the old Minot Ledge Light
The present Minot Lighthouse is located on a granite rock off the coast of Cohasset and Scituate MA. When looking out she grows out of the sea and it is barely visible to the naked eye. The first tower was erected 1850 and disappeared ten years later in dramatic events. 
The present Minot Light
The present lighthouse from 1860 is shown here in rough weather, as often experienced on the North eastern part of New England.
The first Minot lighthouse it stood just over a year, before a violent storm struck the Boston area April 17th 1851. The day after the storm, nothing was left of the lighthouse. Keepers Joseph Antoine and Joseph Wilson died during the incident.
The new Minot Light appeared nearly a decade later, and has been there since, resisting the worst storms for 150 years. To keep the memory of the two keepers that disappeared that April night, a memorial has been erected in Cohasset Harbour.

The Antoine and Wilson memorial consists of a stone as well as a replica of the top of the old Minot Light.

Antoine and Wilson Memorial - stone
The text on the stone says.
ANTOINE AND WILSON
MEMORIAL
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSEPH ANTOINE AND JOSEPH WILSON
KEEPERS OF THE FIRST MINOT LEDGE
LIGHTHOUSE WHO, WHILE MANNING THE
LIGHT ON THE NIGHT OF APRIL 17, 1851
LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN THE LIGHTHOUSE
WAS SWEPT INTO THE SEA DURING A
VIOLENT NORTHEAST STORM.
"THEY KEPT A GOOD LIGHT"

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