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Labor Of Love

Labor Of Love

My Mother is in Alaska. On a cruise. I love that.
Although she is very far from me. Geographically speaking. From this the most northeastern island lighthouse in the US. We’re pretty far.
I don’t love that so much.

I suspect there are a lot of women, and some men urging on, on this Labor Day. I have friends that were born on September 3rd, that this year is Labor Day. God bless your Mothers.

Tim Harrison…Happy Birthday my friend. Your givings to this Lighthouse, and many others are a legacy you should, and can, be proud of.

I have worked hard to have a garden. As I am certain many others before me, have too. I have flowers, in a wheelbarrow. Flowers in a plot. Carrots, beets, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and lots of herbs. Many in tin pails. Like they used to. There also used to be a barn here. With chickens, and a cow. The cow fell off the rocks and died. I hope that someday there is a barn here again. And maybe a cow too.

Planters, and Seeds.

Once again, I was asked to “render assistance”, which is what Lighthouse Keepers did. A boat, needed bailing, and towing. All good. That’s what I’m supposed to do.

On another note, I am deeply grateful for the donation from Charles Young and his wife and family. And the pictures. And for the friendship of the Cutler Fishermen. They were out today. In force. Laboring. Fishing. Hard at work.

And this Light shines, tonight, especially for them.

Snaps are random. Hope you like them. The Bell clangs. The Horn Sounds. The Light shines. Good Enuf.


7 Responses to “Labor Of Love”

  1. Arthur says:

    A few weeks ago it was noted Little River was displaying the Lighthouse Service flag on the same pole below the national colors. (a No!No!) Fortunately there was no lighthouse inspector visiting or passing by on that occasion or he might have insisted your turn in your flag for having violated the following:

    Regulations for the United States Lighthouses Service, 1918.
    498. Efficiency stars and flags.

    The light station in each district attaining the highest general efficiency during a calendar year shall be entitled to fly the “efficiency flag’ during the succeeding calendar year. The efficiency flag shall be the regulation Lighthouse Service flag, —and shall never be displayed above or on the same staff as the national colors.

    This because this flag is not a true flag but it is a pennant and pennants are never to be flown on the same staff as the national colours.

  2. Seamond says:

    Arthur: You are entirely correct. The inspectors would have nabbed them BIG TIME. My father used to spend hours reading (by dim lamplight too) these regulations, some of which a Philadelphia lawyer would shake his head at. Dad always said that the inspectors loved to get you for the little bitty ones, kind of like the trivia type ones. While this wasn’t exactly trivia, it was a big no-no.

  3. Arthur says:

    Improper display of the “colors” was considered a major infraction because unlike many other infractions this was a public display to be seen by any person passing by the lighthouse on land or on water. Improper display was a poor reflection on not only the keeper and his light but on the Lighthouse Service in general.

    For present day lighthouses the proper display of the colors is among other things a public display of respectful recognition and appreciation of the many keepers who served at those lights in the past.

    At the time of raising the flag in the morning and lowering it at sunset it would be an appropriate time to remember the keepers and their families who faithfully served here before for without them and others like them (such as Seamond’s Dad and her family)there would have been no one to tend the lights, thus there would have been no lighthouses.

    • Bill Kitchen says:

      As usual Arthur, your in depth knowledge continues to amaze me. The pennant is down. We will try to keep the colors proper going forward. And yes, the Keepers and their families should be remembered, and revered. On another note, yesterday was the second time in the last few days I was asked to render assistance. This time “rescuing” four large bait crates that got pushed off a wharf. I felt that in some small way, I was playing the role that so many before me did, and was happy, and proud, to be of service.

      • Arthur says:

        Not one bait crate, but four. This may be some sort of a record. Over the years there have been many somewhat similar incidents of assistance rendered by members of the lighthouse service and the life-saving service involving items adrift. The LH service had Form 70 for the keepers to complete and submit to the district inspector in the event of a shipwreck near the light. There may have been another form for non-wreck incidents such as those several where you have rendered assistance but I find no such form listed in the 1901 Allowances for Light Station.

        • Seamond says:

          Arthur: Yepper. You are right for forms. Dad had this huge (heavy) wooden desk with a drawer FULL of forms for just about every damn thing that could ever happen. With the CG on board, they modified the LHS ones and sometimes would rename it like if the old LHD form was #87, the CG would rename it as CG-87a (Rev, and a date); still with the original purpose and layout of the form. It’s funny, but to help Dad with all the forms and all, it’s why I learned to type (my life occupation). He was a two-finger typist and could really type up a storm and had to to make the “Government” happy, all part of being a keeper.

  4. The garden grows thanks to your tender care……knowledge of
    the “proper flag procedure ” will too. Probably just another
    important lesson that was left unsaid until the mistake was made.
    Now you know and knowing your attention to detail it will not be repeated.


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