Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten Port Mahon Lighthouse

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse is a landscape photograph taken in the early morning hours at the site of the ruins of the Port Mahon Lighthouse. The remains were photographed using a long shutter speed in order to capture the waters movement and to slowly brighten the sky. Colors of the image are several shades of pale blues, pinks, yellow and dark brown. Title: Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape PhotographyThe Port Mahon lighthouse was once a 2 story wooden structure that was built on the bank of the river on top of screwpiles which allowed the tide to pass under the lighthouse. Like the previous four lighthouses in the Port Mahon this lighthouse had a short lived life. This lighthouse was only active for 46 years; the light was deactivated in 1949 because of the rapid rate of erosion of the shore line; Port Mahon Lighthouse was condemned in 1955 and was left to slowly rot away until a fire consumed the remaining wooden remnants of the once beautiful structure in 1984. All that remains today is the steel pillars (screwpiles) and a pile of bricks lying in the river that was once a fireplace.

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N.a. There was a Lighthouse Near Dover?. 2012 17 May. WEB. http://archives.blogs.delaware.gov/tag/port-mahon-lighthouse/
Roales. Judith. Delaware Lighthouses and Range Lights. PRINT. 2007. Arcadia Publishing. Pg 108-114

<p”>N.a. Port Mahon and Residents. Delaware Archives. Photographer unknown. Dated 1908. WEB. http://archives.blogs.delaware.gov/files/2012/05/Port_Mahon_Lighthouse_and_residents.jpg
N.a. Mahon Later years. Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers & Friends Association, Inc. WEB. http://www.delawarebaylightkeeper-friend.org/port_mahon.htm
Fague, Melissa. Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse. PI Photography and Fine Art. 2014.

26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten Port Mahon Lighthouse

  1. janjoy52

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing this tidbit of history. I love light houses and learing how and why they were built and what has become of them is very exciting.

  2. PA Pict

    What a short life for this poor lighthouse, especially given how ancient some lighthouses are. It is amazing how rapidly it has deteriorated too, beyond being a ruin into hardly existing at all. Given I live in the Philly suburbs now, I will need to make a point of going to see this site when I find myself in that area of Delaware.

  3. Judy

    I enjoyed the view of this lighthouse. When I started taking pictures of the Florida lights, I realized how integral their histories are the whole history of the region. The aging beacons are special and have compelling histories..well worth preserving.

  4. plainandsimplepress

    Interesting! When I was a little kid, one of the things I wanted to grow up to be (besides astronomer or paleontologist) was a lighthouse keeper. Looked like a great way to escape humanity and get paid for it.

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  6. themofman

    How did it catch fire, vandalism or was it a constructive demolition?

    I know that the port and immigration authorities of some countries deliberately burn old refugee boats down in open water when there is a concern of pestilence and feral species coming ashore if the boats were allowed to dock.

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    Thanks for following. I much prefer to follow posts like yours that do not expect me to fill in a subscribers admission form first. Looking forward to more striking images.
    Best wishes

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