Two solid brass foghorns that date back to the 1930s have been stolen from the Point Robinson lighthouse, according to Capt. Joe Wubbold, who helps to oversee the historic property.
Wubbold noticed they were missing on Thursday. He had last seen them the week before. He reported the incident to the police.
Wubbold said the foghorns, installed two years ago in honor of Royal English, an Islander who died a few years ago, were blown at significant events, including Kite Day. They were not used for navigation.
The two horns weighed about 60 pounds apiece. Wubbold believes they were stolen for their value as scrap metal.
“I feel terrible,” he said, noting the horns are irreplaceable. Even so, he added, “I’ll talk to the Coast Guard to see if we find some other horns that can do the same duty.”