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August 11, 2009

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Filed under: New Hampshire — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 1:36 pm

You have no idea how hard it is for me not to write “Habour” instead of “Harbor” in the subject line. It’s a Canadian thing. I pretty much feel like crying everytime I have to write “Color” instead of “Colour” and “Labor” instead of “Labour” in a procedure at work. And if I wrote Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse, people might get lost on the internet trying to find it. Maybe there’s a lighthouse in Portsmouth England or something.  Anyways, on to the post.

Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse
Saturday I spent the afternoon on the Seacoast mostly because the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (or Portsmouth Harbor Light) was having an Open House. I didn’t know much about the Open house entailed, but it was a beautiful day in New Hampshire and I hoped to get some nice pictures while visiting a new place.
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse

The Friends of the Portsmouth Habor Lighthouse put on a great show. The Volunteers gave us a little bit of information about the history of the lighthouse (First North of Boston in the American Colonies), the keepers who once manned the lights (prior to the advent of reliable electricity), the mechanics of the Fresnel lens and the other sights in view of the lighthouse.
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse

In small groups, visitors get to climb the 44 stairs and 7 ladder rungs to the lens room on top of the lighthouse.
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse
And get a good look at the Fourth Order Fresnel Lens
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse

I enjoyed views of the sailing boats floating through Portsmouth Harbour. And a big ocean liner way out in the ocean. I would have loved for the big boat to come through while I was there, but it stayed at sea. I grew up near the Welland Canal in Ontario. I find big shipping boats fascinating.

Portsmouth Harbour LighthouseTwo other lighthouses can be seen from the Portsmouth Lighthouse. Whaleback Light on small offshore ledges (below). And far in the distance the White Island Light on the Isles of Shoals.
Whaleback Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbour LighthouseThe Wood Island Life Saving Station is also very visible from the light. It is not currently in use and for sale.

Wood Island Lifesaving StationIf you want to visit the lighthouse the Friends currently put together open houses on Tuesdays once a week in June, July and August and on Saturdays twice a month from June to October. The requested donation is $2 for adults and $1 for Children. I found the donation worthwhile. The money goes towards things like maintaining this beautiful walkway to the lighthouse.
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse Walkway

The views were wonderful. I would love to go back on a day with clouds above.
Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbour Lighthouse



  1. I’m a 100% American and I sometimes write “colour,” etc. I don’t really know why…except for all the British lit I read. Actually, that’s almost certainly it.

    Comment by Ronnica — August 11, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  2. I feel your pain with the whole “u” thing. I feel like something is missing without it.

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

    Comment by Bean — August 11, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

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