Friday, March 27, 2009

Sequin Island Light


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Last summer, I went to Seguin Island with friends. Afterward, I made this is video about the island and it's history. Sequin is a landmark familiar to most of us on Casco Bay. We see it off in the distance and hear the fog horn lowing in the night. But, not all of us get to 'know' her by going on the island. There is no anchorage and only five moorings maintained by the Coast Guard. Tying up is on a first come, first serve basis. To get to the island from the moorings requires a dingy or a good cold swim. I did go swimming while out there. The second I dove in I thought I had lost my mind and would surely have a heart attack. The water was so cold it sucked the breathe right out of me! Going onto an island by boat brings out the little kid in everyone. You can't help but think about pirates, ship wrecks, or being stranded. It stirs up feelings of adventure and as with any good adventure, feelings of vulnerability. What if you got stuck out there, or lost at sea along the way? Would you have what it takes to live out there?In the past, light house keepers have lived there year round. The island would have been a mean block of ice with no way off. Now, The Friends of Sequin (seguinisland.org - a non profit organization that maintains the light and keeper's facility) has 'keepers' just for the summer. The positions are already filled through 2010. In the summer, it's magic. The 360 degree vistas of the ocean are breathaking. You feel closer to heaven on top of that rock and more so up in the lighthouse tower. There's nothing quite like salt air and the Atlantic Ocean to make you feel really alive.

11 comments:

  1. Masta Po - Here is some feedback from one of my co-workers.........they love you daaaaaling! -Grasshoppa

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  2. Robin is quite a good writer! Very funny!

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  3. Still enjoyed it!!!!! HRD

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  4. That slideshow is awesome.

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  5. Your video is so beautiful, but it makes me sad too. Last summer after
    years of wanting to go out to Seguin I made arrangements for my brother
    and I to go out with the man who supplies the caretakers. [P**] had sent
    me a book of Maine lighthouses and was so eager to go too. He was my
    birding companion in our childhood. We put it off a week, first,
    because [my husband] was not well, then another week because [P***]
    had a cough. The cough turned out to be lung cancer and he died only
    five weeks later. So we will never see Seguin together

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  6. You have a lovely speaking voice on the video.

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  7. Excellent video Robin! I love your selection of music.

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  8. Got a chance to see the video today; Doc watched, too. Great!

    N

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  9. Nice piece of work, Robin. Yes, I’ve been out there. I think Champlain drew Sequin quite accurately and labeled it “Tortoise” or “The Tortoise”. . . . I’m glad you are watching over this beautiful place. -Brad

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  10. Exceptionally well done. A great tribute to a Maine Lighthouse. As a former and retired Lighthouse keeper, I certainly enjoyed this presentation. I have a one hour slide show of my Lighthouse career which is available for presentation to groups. If there is a fundraiser for your group, I would be happy to present my show. I can be reached at papad8@gmail.com by telephone at: 207-737-4011 at 331 Brunswick Road; Richmond, Maine.
    I am an occasional docent at the Maine L/H Museum in Rockland, Maine

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