January 18, 2013

Instagram Tour: Nantucket Lightship

Prow of the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

photo by: Roberta Lane

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time at the National Trust, it’s that people love lighthouses. I’ve had the privilege of working with a passionate, effective corps of advocates for these romantic beacons, and have often met fans who make a point of visiting lighthouses while touring around our country.

There is a similar band of preservationists focused on saving historic vessels. I think people are so compelled by these elements of our maritime heritage because they represent the best of the American spirit -- ingenuity, grit, sacrifice, and adventure.

So I find it really satisfying, but not surprising, to see how much delight is inspired by the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a floating lighthouse and one of our National Treasures. You can learn more about the Lightship and our work there on SavingPlaces.org, but in the meantime, enjoy a photographic jaunt through this endearing (floating) place.

Aboard the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

photo by: Roberta Lane

Bell aboard the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

photo by: Roberta Lane

Interior of the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

photo by: Roberta Lane

View from porthole on Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

photo by: Roberta Lane

Find me on Instagram at robertal7, and the National Trust at SavingPlaces.

More than 12,000 years of history are written throughout the sacred landscape of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Tell Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke that we must protect this irreplaceable treasure. Comments are due by May 26.

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