Welcome to CaLights
Celebrating California's historic lighthouses
"Lighthouses of the Golden State"
By Kent Weymouth
Was selected in 2009 as a finalist for the
"Regional Non-Fiction Book of the Year"
"Next Generation Independent Publishing Awards"
Available soon for purchase, along with other works
created especially for CaLights by Kent Weymouth.
California Lighthouse Trivia
Thomas G. Lewis was born in Rockford, Illinois, on
December 12, 1892, and retired in a simple ceremony at
12th Coast Guard District Headquarters on May 31st, 1957, following 28 years of government service.
He joined the Lighthouse service in 1929, and was subsequently assigned to St. George Reef, Humboldt Bay (Table Bluff),
Anacapa Island, and San Luis Obispo.
In 1942 he was assigned as keeper to the Carquinez Strait Lighthouse, where he served until his retirement,
relieved by Boatswains Mate first class Stanley V. Adler.
James Rankin was born on February 20th 1844,
in Dublin, Ireland.
After attending Kings College, he served four years on a steamer
as a Boatswain in the U.S. Coast Survey.
He transferred to East Brother Light Station
as a keeper on January 27th 1877, and on August 7th 1877,
he transferred to Fort Point Light Station.
In 1913, at the age of 69, Rankin was commended
for his part in a rescue of two men, whose boat capsized
about 300 yards from the Fort Point sea wall.
On February 28th 1919, James Rankin retired from the U. S. Lighthouse Service, after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
On January 5th 1921, James Rankin died at the age of 76, just in his second year of retirement, and one month short of his 77th birthday.