James Claflin, of Kenrick A. Claflin and Son Nautical Antiques, has identified an artifact recently donated to the St. George Island Lighthouse Museum. The lamp pictured above is a 200 mm Lovell BU-48 lantern, used on piers and on some buoys. It was electrically operated and required 12 volts DC to operate. Some buoys had batteries and later solar to power it. The bird spike on the top is to keep gulls from sitting on it. Claflin placed a value of at least $1,500 on the brass lamp.
Light shed on old lamp
Jun 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM Jun 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM