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Salute to the Coast Guard: USCG Crew Spruces up New London Light

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About a half a dozen crewmen from the Coast Guard 140-foot cutter Penobscot Bay, spent some dangerous duty refurbishing Connecticut’s New London Lighthouse.

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Plans originally called for the crew to power wash the lighthouse, but the area’s drought changed that to scraping it by hand, making it more time consuming project.

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This was a nice break for the crew, which has recently been assigned to Homeland Security, especially for some of them, who being from the area, called it homecoming work.

One thing is for certain, you can’t be afraid of heights doing this work. Even though all of the Coast Guard crew who worked on the lighthouse said they loved doing it, they also respected the challenge, realizing that it is dangerous work dangling from a bucket or standing on a platform with only a knee high guard rail stopping you from falling to the rocks 90 feet below.

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