Two Rhode Island transplants have settled here in Northwest Florida on Escambia Bay. In Rhode Island, we spent most of our summers and fall days sailing the waters of Narragansett Bay, Block Island Sound and Buzzards Bay. We are so delighted to have found another Bay to enjoy.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."— Benjamin Franklin
Pensacola Light House
In 1858 a new lighthouse was built on the north side of the bay entrance, and the lamp in the tower’s first-order Fresnel lens was first lit on New Year’s Day, 1859 by Keeper Palmes. Located on NAS Pensacola, the tower stood 160-feet-tall. The base of the tower had a diameter of 30 feet, tapering to a diameter of 15 feet at the top. One of my favorite views of this lighthouse is from Ft. McRee.