The Graves Lighthouse, Dave Waller, Public Meeting

Title: The Graves Lighthouse, Dave Waller

Location: Savin Hill Yacht Club, 400 Morrissey Blvd., Fox Point, Dorchester, MA 02125


Learn the history of the Graves Lighthouse, and get a look at the improvements being made.

Graves Light is an historic landmark that started warning mariners of the Graves Ledges in 1905. At the outermost entrance to Boston Harbor, Graves Light is the tallest lighthouse in the Boston area. The lighthouse is now privately owned but continues to serve as a navigational aid operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dave Waller, the new owner of the lighthouse, will be the guest speaker this Thursday, at the May 16 open meeting of the Pelagic Sailing Club. He will talk about the improvements that he and his wife and craftsmen have accomplished at the lighthouse during the past few years. He will also detail the history of the lighthouse, which has been marked by numerous shipwrecks.

Consider the tale of the Mary E. O’Hara, a 92-foot fishing schooner built in 1922. She went up onto the Graves ledge on a frozen winter night in 1941. Nineteen men died that night, out of a crew of 23. Many of the men had climbed into the rigging as the boat went down. And many among these lost their grips and fell from the rigging and spars after freezing in the 12-degree weather. Others were trapped in their bunks as the vessel went down.

And that’s just a sample.

Dave and wife Lynn were recently honored for their efforts in rebuilding parts of the lighthouse that needed attention. They received the “Keeper of the Light Award” from the American Lighthouse Foundation. (See the Wallers with their award in the photo.)

Join your Pelagic friends at Savin Hill Yacht Club Thursday night and hear Dave Waller talk about the history of this important lighthouse, and what he and his wife and crew are doing to ensure that Graves Light will remain a beacon for shipping into and out of Boston Harbor for many more generations.

Please note that our speaker will start his program at 7:15. Come early and enjoy pizza and drinks, and friendly conversation. There will be a brief club meeting starting at 7 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you all Thursday night. If you have any questions, contact me at

Bernie Wideman
Fleet Captain, Meetings

Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2019-05-16
End Time: 21:00

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