New Book on History of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

“Well protected and seldom frozen over, the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, was one of the busiest ports of colonial America. It remains […]

“Well protected and seldom frozen over, the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, was one of the busiest ports of colonial America. It remains the only deep-water port of New Hampshire’s short 18-mile seacoast.” So begins “History of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse,” by Jeremy D’Entremont, available for $8.95 now from Amazon (click here). phl-history

D’Entremont, who is operations manager for Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, is also the author of more than ten books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and other aspects of maritime history. His “Lighthouse Treasury” series of books written several years ago and published by Commonwealth Editions included in-depth histories of every lighthouse in the New England states — except for Vermont and New Hampshire. “The publisher felt there weren’t enough lighthouses in those states to merit another volume,” D’Entremont explains. “I’m very happy to finally have the chance to publish the history of my favorite lighthouse, Portsmouth Harbor Light.”

The book covers everything from the petition by local merchants for a lighthouse in 1765, through the establishment of the light in 1771, its rebuilding in 1804 and 1878, right up through the present day preservation efforts of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Along the way, you’ll meet colorful personalities including Keeper Joshua K. Card and Connie Small, wife of the light’s last official keeper and author of “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife.”

The book will also be sold at open houses at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and other special events. It’s 66 pages, loaded with b&w photos and illustrations.