St. George Lighthouse
02-23-2017 - Eastpoint, FL - St. George Lighthouse - A lighthouse keeper is the person responsible for tending and caring for a lighthouse, particularly the light and lens in the days when oil lamps and clockwork mechanisms were used. A common nick name that lighthouse keepers would get is the name “Wickies” because of their job of trimming the wicks.
Additional duties of Lighthouse keepers were to, replenish fuel, wind clockworks and perform maintenance tasks such as cleaning lenses and windows. Maintain the Residence and other buildings and grounds. They were also expected to provide assistance to vessels and or help rescue personnel if needed. Depending on the amount of fuel consumed required at least one if not two trips up and down the stairs on days with good weather. On dark stormy days it would often double those trips. A Lighthouse keeper might be responsible for multiple lighthouses if they were in close proximity. Sometimes additional assistant(s) were required. It was not uncommon for a keeper’s supervisor to inspect and rate their performance on a quarterly basis. On site paid resident keepers became unnecessary when electrification and other automated improvements were made such as remote monitoring and automatic bulb changing.
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