Monthly Archives: January 2014

Remembering Cullen Chambers – Lighthouse Preservationist

Cullen Chambers at Heceta Head Lighthouse, 2001

Cullen Chambers at Heceta Head Lighthouse, 2001

Cullen in his inspection gear at Heceta Head Lighthouse

Cullen in his inspection gear at Heceta Head Lighthouse

The lighthouse community is mourning the loss of a great friend and colleague, Cullen Chambers. Incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of lighthouse preservation, Cullen was responsible for the preservation of Key West, St. Augustine, and Tybee Island Lighthouses as well as assisting in countless other preservation projects locally and around the country.

I first met Cullen while working on the National Lighthouse Museum Committee which later became the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee. As part of the latter, Cullen wrote a position paper on Fresnel lenses, demonstrating an impressive expertise on those unique artifacts.  He applied this knowledge in working on two lens projects at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and Heceta Head Lighthouse.  For his exceptional contributions to lighthouse preservation, Cullen was a recipient of the Ross Holland award in 2007.

The "lens team" at the Franklin Institute

The “lens team” at the Franklin Institute

Disassembly of the Fire Island lens at the Franklin Institute.  (Cullen on left)

Disassembly of the Fire Island lens at the Franklin Institute. (Cullen on left)

Cullen inspects the metalwork on Heceta Head Lighthouse's lantern

Cullen inspects the metalwork on Heceta Head Lighthouse’s lantern as part of a condition assessment he prepared on the lighthouse.

Always upbeat and charming, Cullen was a joy to work with. He will be sorely missed by his friends in the lighthouse community.

Cullen at Heceta

Cullen assisting with reassembly of the Heceta Head Lighthouse lens.

Cullen assisting with reassembly of the Heceta Head Lighthouse lens.