Sunday paint crew: Sue, Allison, Mike, Shane, Andrea, Jack and Lynn.
Family, friends, friends of friends, and even a new friend discovered online took time from their Labor Day weekend to come out to Graves Ledge and paint inside the lighthouse.
We had sandblasted all bronze, iron and steel surfaces inside. We covered the bronze with clear protectant and painted the iron and steel with a special marine-grade green-gray primer. That work was done by a professional crew.
Over Labor Day weekend, a hardy group of volunteers from all walks of life visited Graves and, with paintbrushes and rollers, carried out the difficult task of applying a thick epoxy urethane paint as a secondary primer to bond with the first. This is the same kind of primer used on oceangoing vessels and oil rigs.
The two-day midcoat primer job was followed by a topcoat job on Monday, to apply black paint to cast iron stairways, rails and other surfaces.
Here are some of the pictures of our Labor Day weekend paint party. We are really, really grateful for all the enthusiastic and devoted help.
Ken and Chris apply white finishing paint to the interior of the watch room.
Mike and Lynn take a break from painting on September 1, the 109th anniversary of the first lighting of Graves Light. Lynn’s hand shows that she was painting black that day.
Keeper Dave rows the dinghy out to the boat after a long day of painting. Kat is in the bow; Josh and Carolyn are astern.
Larry doesn’t stop until the whole steel ceiling is painted.
Saturday paint crew: Mike and Carolyn (standing at top), Josh (seated at top), Kat and Dave (hanging off right side), Keith and John (standing).
Graves Light is a historic landmark. At the outermost entrance to Boston Harbor and the tallest lighthouse in the Boston area, Graves Light is privately owned but continues to serve as a navigation aid run by the US Coast Guard.
The new owners welcome the adventurous public to enjoy the sights of Graves Light, but warn that there are no electrical, water, sanitary, first aid, or other facilities of any kind available to the public at the lighthouse or on Graves Ledge.
Graves Ledge is dangerous. Submerged rocks present a navigation hazard. We insist that visitors enjoy the ledge and lighthouse from the safety of their boat or kayak.
Meanwhile, follow us through this website, Facebook, and on Twitter @GravesLight.