Nobska Light Crystal Sculpture Unveiled

Friends of Nobska Light has established the Nobska Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. On Wednesday the group unveiled a commemorative crystal sculpture of Nobska Lighthouse at an event at the Woods Hole Golf Course. The sculpture was created by Waterford artist Michael Murphy and took approximately 50 hours to complete. From left: Catherine Bumpus, executive director of the Friends of Nobska Light; Tom Brennan, Waterford Crystal spokesman and master craftsman; and Kathy Walrath, president of the board of directors of the Friends of Nobska Light.

Friends of Nobska Light kicked off a fund drive for the Nobska Lighthouse and Maritime Museum Wednesday evening, June 5, by unveiling a commemorative crystal sculpture of Nobska Lighthouse crafted by Waterford. The event took place at the Woods Hole Golf Club.

The sculpture stands 16 inches high and weighs 14 pounds. The crystal lighthouse is a symbol of true Waterford craftsmanship and brings to life the elite skills of Waterford Crystal’s master craftsmen. Over 50 man-hours were dedicated to creating the piece. The windows, doors and the upper tier of the house are hand-sculpted in addition to the finely sculpted supporting arms and detailed railing. Minimal cutting was applied to the body of the lighthouse, which is finished with a satin patina, creating a balance of sculpted and clear crystal and showcasing the essence of Waterford.

“This event is a celebration of both the progress the organization has made over a few short years and the inspiring vision of our future,” said executive director Catherine O. Bumpus. “Friends of Nobska Light is incredibly grateful for the philanthropic support that has made this mission a reality but there is more work to do; the story of Nobska is far from complete,” she said.

The Nobska Lighthouse and new Maritime Museum will join Falmouth’s museums with a focus on matters of the sea. It will chronicle the contributions of the US Coast Guard to the community, educate the public and bring the history to life through the eyes of the dedicated keepers and families who served Nobska so well. The museum will celebrate Falmouth’s significant role in regional maritime commerce, tourism, and recreational sailing and boating. The project’s master plan, once implemented, will ensure that the story of Nobska will be preserved and passed on to future generations.

The new museum will be an educational magnet, free and accessible to all, drawing people to Falmouth. Its vision will be supported by the Beacons of Light Campaign, a three-year campaign focusing on preserving the Nobska Light Station and transforming the keeper’s house into a publicly accessible museum.

To join the Beacons of Light campaign or to learn more about the Friends of Nobska Light and Waterford collaboration, visit

The company of Waterford was established in 1783 in the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to “create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home.” Today Waterford has the finest quality crystal and a reputation for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality. Each piece of Waterford is watermarked with the word Waterford. Waterford was acquired by Fiskars Corporation in 2015.

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