Blog week of 6/17… More Visitors!

Calm seas returned Friday.  Warm shining, temps in mid 70’s by Saturday.  We doubled the number of summer visitors in the last two days!

Nine intrepid sailors from Outward Bound came out on Tuesday but left in a hurry to beat the gale warnings in the marine forecast.

The gale force winds, whitecaps and huge waves were thrilling for Mary and Greg, safe at the top of Seguin. The sun shone most of the week allowing for painting and mowing outside, however no working boats nor pleasure boats most of the week.

Friday brought out 28 students from Brunswick Junior High.  Not very interested in a review of American maritime history they seemed to love the climb to the lighthouse and just being away from school.

Wednesday Warriors came out on Friday this week to continue summer projects.  Mary and Greg went into Bath for routine laundry and food shopping, greatly enjoying scheduling lunches with old friends and neighbors from their 35 years as residents of Arrowsic.  Arrowsic, with two river lighthouses and a set of Range Lights, is just up the Kennebec River, where their love of Seguin started.


Tito on surveillance duty

Mt Washington and the Presidential Range 90 miles away

 

Blog for week of June 12… Invasive Species

 

Cloudy and cold…

 

 

This past week marked by rain, clouds, high surf and cool temps. Greg and Mary used the week to paint and clean museum and store. When the rain stopped, they restarted the invasive plant protocols.

 

 

Small craft advisories…

 

 

 

Poison Ivy in the marsh…

 

 

 

 

Poison ivy and sumacs are ubiquitous on this and all NE islands.  Our protocols aim at control rather than eradication.  We kill the poison ivy encroaching on walking trails, and keep trails wide enough to walk in middle.

With sumac, we cannot have brush fires, so selective cutting is done to patches which threaten the 360 degree views which visitors come to Seguin to enjoy.

Sumacs to be cut before they grow…

The sun is out and two boats overnighted in the Cove last night.  We expect boaters waiting for the weather to change will take advantage of today.

The Assistant Keeper Quarters are ready for next weekend’s guests and the bunk house is ready for overnight volunteers who know that hard work on Seguin is also joyful.

 

Memorial Day Weekend & a recognition…

Memorial Day weekend was a complete washout, no visitors, and a small craft advisory.  Tuesday turned to bright sun after the holiday weekend, the crews of two sailboats visited the island.

Thursday, again bright sun brought ten students from Manhattan College in NYC.  Their teacher, brought up in Georgetown, recognized Greg as his school days soccer coach in Bath.  A Coast Guard buoy tender stayed overnight in the cove while checking their mooring.  Also, a crew of three made their yearly overnight visit to Seguin and all bought new Seguin hats.    

The beginning of Summer is hard work for Wednesday Warrior volunteers and Keepers.  As the pictures show, lawns must be mowed and raked frequently.

 

Wednesday Warriors have already replaced missing roof shingles, repaired Whistle House gutters, set up museum and gift shop, et al.

Seguin Island Light Station is ready for Summer to begin!

Opening Day on Seguin Island 2018

Opening day 5/19/18 of Seguin Island Light Station brought 12 volunteers  in 2 boats. They were there to help start up water, take down storm windows and doors and help Greg Guckenburg and Mary Hillery and their dog Tito to settle in as June and July Keepers.  Their dog Tito is a 2 year old Puerto Rican “Sato”, street dog, abandoned after last fall’s hurricanes.  Tito has settled into North Atlantic life beautifully except he doesn’t go swimming in Maine as he did in the Caribbean.

Greg and Mary felt right at home coming back to Seguin after being the Summer Keepers in 2013. Mary having been on the Board and the On Island Committee until 2014, when they moved to Massachusetts. They were also the 2015 Summer Keepers at Bakers Island Lighthouse in Salem MA Harbor, when Essex National Heritage Commission was able to open the light station to the public.

It turns out that Bakers and Seguin are intimately connected, not just in maritime history, but
sharing of Keepers and wisdom.  Tim Mount and Lynn Macco,  Mary and Greg, Bill and Brenda Simmons have all served at both islands.  Seguin’s 2017 Keepers Tara and Brian Flanagan will be at Bakers this summer.  The big difference between the two islands is the remoteness of Seguin and its 64 wild acres, and Bakers standing at the mouth of a very busy Salem Harbor.

[ Side bar: here is a link to learn about Tara and Brian’s arrival at Baker’s Island – https://theroadtocruising.com/2018/06/02/arrival-to-bakers-island/]

Only two Seguin visitors this week, on Ethan’s new boat, the Grasshopper.  We were just
setting up the museum and store, so Ken Young gave a brief history of the Light Station outside the museum, then the guests were delighted with their climb up the tower.

Visitors on Memorial Day weekend look unlikely based on high seas and winds so Mary and Greg will continue their early summer prepping of the island.

Thank you for your support!

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