Two days ago I wrote about the bronze pitcher that was used to heat oil for the lamp in the lighthouse (and for those of our readers curious about why the oil needed to be heated, please return to that post and read the comments).
Below are photos of the lighthouse keeper's hand-held kerosene lantern. This would have been what the keeper carried with him to light his way as he mounted the steps to the lighthouse's lantern room.
The close-up shows the lettering on the base of the lantern, which stands for United States Light House Service:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the curious story of Vera/Charlie Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052114.htm.