Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Sailboat and a World War II Relict

Every Wednesday for more than two years I've been posting photographs of weathervanes located in or near the Nutfield area (the former name for the land where Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire are now located). Most are historically interesting or just whimsical and fun weathervanes. Today's weathervane can be seen in somewhere on the New Hampshire coast. Have fun guessing where you may have seen this weather vane.

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Today's weather vane can be seen on Ocean Boulevard in Rye, New Hampshire.  It is a wonderful three dimensional sailboat, complete with a sail, on top of a private residence.  It was hard to spot this dark weather vane against the winter brown trees, and would be much easier to see in the summer again green foliage.  It is right across the street from the rocky beaches and a wonderful view of the Isles of Shoals.  Sailboats and other ships, boats and kayaks can be seen going by from here, so the choice of weather vane is perfect for this location.

Behind the weather vane is a tall concrete tower.  This tower was originally named Base Station #142, but is now known as Pulpit Rock Tower.   This is a 73 foot look out tower built in 1942 during World War II to protect Portsmouth Harbor, which was (and still is) a military ship building area. There were more than a dozen of these towers around the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, defended by Fort Dearborn (located where Odiorne Point State Park is now located).

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Pulpit Rock Tower

A video of the 2010 Open House Tour of Pulpit Rock Tower

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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