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The Coast Guard Cutter Redwood anchored off Pecks Ledge Lighthouse. Photo via wikipedia.

 

Have you always wanted to live in a lighthouse? Well, now you can buy one for a song, or even get your very own lighthouse for nothing!

The federal government has a slew of lighthouses up for grabs, as reported by the AP via ABC News. Some are being auctioned off, others are being given away for free. These available lighthouses are located on both coasts and on the Great Lakes, so there’s something for everybody!

Stratford Shoal Lighthouse, Long Island Sound, Bridgeport vicinity (Fairfield County, Connecticut) via wikipedia

 

ABC News: Sixty-eight of the lighthouses have gone for free to preservationists while 36 others sold at public auction thanks to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, which allows the government to dispose of federally-owned lighthouses.

The White Shoal Light in Lake Michigan. Photo via wikipedia

 

The Coast Guard, which maintains lighthouses, has 71 other lighthouses queued up to go through the transfer process, and four are at auction now.

Duxbury Pier Lighthouse and Clarks Island in Plymouth Harbor. Photo via wikipedia

 

The federal General Services Administration, which sells the lighthouses, does not have a target number of how many lighthouses it would like to sell and give away, but the Coast Guard is always looking to shed excess lighthouses that “are often no longer critical” to the guard’s work, said Patrick Sclafani, a spokesman for the agency.

Read more from the AP via ABC News here.

By Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Photo Credit: Ingfbruno/Wikipedia

Almost one year to the day after Sandy swamped it with 8-foot storm surges, Ellis Island is reopening to the public.

For the past year, the National Park Service has been working to repair the national monument after water damaged boilers and electrical systems, leaving Ellis Island without any power for months.

This Monday, Ellis Island will open her doors once more.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Photo Credit: NPS

AP News via abc News: Ellis Island will reopen to the public Monday, almost exactly a year after Superstorm Sandy’s swells reached 8 feet and badly damaged the former U.S. immigration entry point.

“We are delighted to be able to share Ellis Island’s uniquely American story with the world once more,” Superintendent David Luchsinger said in a statement Thursday.

Ellis Island after the superstorm. Photo Credit: NPS

The Oct. 29 storm swamped boilers and electrical systems, and the 27.5-acre island in New York Harbor was without power for months.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, housed in the main building on the island, showcases the stories of the millions of immigrants who passed through the island to start their lives in the United States.

More than 20 million people passed through the federal immigration station between 1892 and 1954. Photo Credit: Bettmann/Corbis via History.com

More than a million documents, photographs and other artifacts at the museum were moved before the storm because it was impossible to maintain the climate-controlled environment needed for their preservation.

National Park Service staff pass boxes of artifacts down the stairs near the Great Hall. Photo Credit: Kevin Daley, National Park Service via Tribeca Trib Online

While the halls and buildings will reopen, the artifacts remain in a temporary storage facility in Maryland, park officials said. There is no estimate on when they will return to the island, because considerable work to upgrade and fix the buildings is still ongoing.

Doors and windows to Ferry Building knocked down by storm surge. Photo Credit: NPS

“You’re not going to see a complete restoration of Ellis Island for a while,” spokesman John Warren said.

Crews are still working on revamping so that the next bad storm won’t leave the island shuttered for a year, he said.

Post-Sandy damage. Photo Credit: NPS

There is no cost estimate yet on how much it will take to repair and revamp the island.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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