Cape San Blas Lighthouse lens removed

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:43 PM.

“You always need to be flexible,” said Cocking. “There’s always something unexpected.

“You have to be Gumby.”

According to the lampist, the danger of using the pulley system, or “old school physics,” as he called it, was that the boxes stood a greater chance of being blown around by winds coming off the water.

Luckily, the wind was busy elsewhere and the lens made a safe journey to ground level.

Arlyn Danielson, curator for the U.S. Coast Guard was on hand to oversee the process.

“The Coast Guard owns all lighthouse lenses,” said Danielson. “For preservation reasons decommissioned lenses often go to a museum or are borrowed by lighthouse groups to interpret maritime history.”

The lens will be restored and ready to reinstall if and when the lighthouse is relocated to Port St. Joe.

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