Nautical Charts Updated to Reflect Gay Head Light Move
Alex Elvin

Mariners, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are updating their charts to account for the light’s relocation away from the eroding cliffs.

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Gay Head Light Shines Again
Alex Elvin

Under a steady downpour on Tuesday, the Gay Head Light resumed its watch over Vineyard Sound and the waters off Aquinnah. A large crowd gathered in Aquinnah Circle, peering up from under their umbrellas and hoods to witness the end of the lighthouse’s longest period of darkness since 1856.

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Gay Head Light Back in Action After Relighting

Under a steady downpour on Tuesday, the Gay Head Light resumed its watch over Vineyard Sound and the waters off Aquinnah. A large crowd gathered in Aquinnah Circle, peering up from under their umbrellas and hoods to witness the end of the lighthouse’s longest period of darkness since 1856.

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As the Light Guides Others to Safety, Two Guide the Lighthouse
Alex Elvin

Richard Skidmore and Joan LeLacheur, keepers of the Gay Head Light, have lived by the particular rhythms of the Gay Head Light for 25 years, tending to its mishaps and arranging countless visits with people from around the world.

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Foundation Work at Lighthouse Nearly Complete
Alex Elvin

With the summer season picking up, managers for the Gay Head Light relocation project hope to have the site mostly restored by the Fourth of July. About half the excavated soil has been returned to the site and a new concrete-block foundation is nearly complete.

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Foundation Work Next Engineering Feat at Lighthouse
Alex Elvin

The Gay Head Light relocation project continues, with a foundation of concrete blocks slowly rising around a gridwork of steel beams that supports the 400-ton structure. On May 30, the lighthouse was moved inland from the eroding cliffs.

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Day Three: Cheers All Around as Historic Lighthouse Move Is Complete
Alex Elvin
With the smash of a champagne bottle and loud cheers, the Gay Head Light came to rest Saturday directly above the spot where experts believe it will be safe from erosion for 150 years or more.
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At Gay Head Cliffs, Ancient Glacial Story Retold
Alex Elvin
Excavation around the Gay Head Light has revealed never before seen geologic layers that may shed light on how and when the landscape was created.
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Cheers! Champagne, Applause Welcome Gay Head Light to New Home
With the smash of a champagne bottle and cheers all around, the Gay Head Light came to rest at its new location.
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Gay Head Light Move: Day Two
Working at an accelerated pace, workers expect to finish the Gay Head Light move Saturday morning.
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