SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co.—whose brand logo depicts a lighthouse
lantern—celebrated National Lighthouse Day (Aug. 7) by making a
$10,000 donation to the U.S. Lighthouse Society, earmarked to the
preservation and upkeep of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse on the
South Carolina Coast outside Charleston Harbor.
Erected in 1767, the original Morris Island Lighthouse was replaced in
1838 by a taller lighthouse, which was destroyed during the Civil War. The
third and present day lighthouse began operation in 1876. Since then, significant erosion has stranded the lighthouse, which originally stood hundreds of yards inland. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962, after a
modern lighthouse was built nearby. When plans to tear down the Morris
Island Lighthouse were announced, area residents organized a preservation effort called Save the Light. In 1999, Save the Light purchased the
structure for $75,000, and since then it has been working to raise money
to stabilize and preserve the lighthouse.
SeaPak, through its new alliance with the U.S. Lighthouse Society, was
instantly drawn to the opportunity to help the Morris Island Lighthouse,
say officials with the Saint Simmons Island, Ga.-based company, a division
of Rich Products Corp.
“As a company with a strong coastal heritage, SeaPak has a special fondness for lighthouses and coastal history,” says Megan Grinstead, SeaPak’s
director of marketing. “Through our quality seafood products, we’ve long
been committed to making life ‘more coastal’ for our consumers. When we
started searching for ways to support the country’s coastline, it became clear
that a partnership with the U.S. Lighthouse Society would be one of the
most meaningful ways we could help preserve America’s coastal history.”
SeaPak’s donation will help fund an assessment of the current condition
of the Morris Island Lighthouse and help determine what steps are necessary to further preserve it.