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Today in history
The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co. (In his message, Field expressed hope that the telegraph would be "the means of strengthening the attachment which binds both the East and the West to the Union.")
Levi P. Morton, U.S. ambassador to France drives 1st rivet in Statue of Liberty
U.S. aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines
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Halloween Spooktacular Stories
From now until Halloween, I will share stories from recent articles or books on “Haunted Lighthouses.” Unless otherwise expressed, the stories are a result of Internet research and not my personal experience.
A Lifesaving Spirit
Ram Island, located near the entrance to Boothbay Harbor, Maine has a long history of being a warning to mariners even before a lighthouse was finally constructed there in 1883. It is home to Maine's most protective ghost. It was traditional for fishermen from the early 1700s to put a light on the island to warn mariners of the rocks. This practice changed slightly when a fisherman began to hang a light on his dory, and the last one coming in through Fisherman's Passage would light the light. Unfortunately, these lights weren't bright enough to warn ships. Hence a woman in white waving a lighted torch over her head appears to warn sailors of the dangers. She has been seen even in recent years, manifesting just in time to prevent tragedies, such as the one mentioned by this boat owner: "Seeing her, I spun my wheel just in time to avoid being dashed on the rocks." A fisherman: "There was a flash of lightning, and there, standing on the reef at Ram Island, waving her hands in warning was this lady all in white, as if full of electricity. If it weren't for her I would have struck the ledge." Another fisherman: "I was in danger of running into the rocks when I saw a burning boat near shore, about to smash on the rocks and in the boat was this woman, warning me away. I quickly changed direction. The next day I saw no trace of the burning boat or the mysterious woman."
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