The Gurnet is a spit of land north of Plymouth,
Massachusetts. It sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes you
can drive out there with a four wheel drive vehicle, but if it's
high tide or the weather is bad, you can't get there at all. There
are vacation cottages out there, and at Gurnet Point there is the
It is the Plymouth Light, affectionately
called "the Gurnet". It is the surviving sister of a pair
of twin lights once erected on that spot.
Many things happened near that lighthouse,
before and after it was built. They say the Vikings landed there.
There is an Indian burial ground. So close to Plymouth, who's to say
how many Pilgrims came there, as well as all those sailors and sea
Really, this is Bob's story, not mine... I
was there, but I was sleeping.
We were staying the night at the old
lighthouse keeper's house. There was only one other person there, a
Coast Guardsman who was doing some repairs in exchange for the
privilege of staying there. As far as we knew, we were the only
people on the whole Gurnet Point.
After dark, from the room we slept in, we
could see the beams from the lighthouse go around. It would darken
and lighten like a sign going on and off. We went to sleep, but at
some point, something woke Bob. He raised up on his elbow and
watched the light come around, illuminating the windows for a few
seconds each time. Then he looked over toward me, who was sleeping
soundly. Above me, he saw the head and shoulders of a woman. He
described her as being a green blue electric spark color. He said
she had an old time hairdo, sunken cheeks and the saddest face he
ever saw. Bob told me that she wasn't wrinkled and he didn't think
she was an old woman. He said he felt no threat from her, but only
her sadness. As he watched her, out of the corner of his eye he
could see the rays of light from the lighthouse come around several
times, brightening the room. He looked toward the light, then looked
back to where she had been and she was gone.
The next morning he asked several people
if there had ever been a ghost on the Gurnet. The people we talked
to said "NO".
Since Bob has a white beard and has been
told at times that he looks like a sea captain, we often wondered if
the sad lady was reminded of someone she had loved and lost to the
sea in times past, someone who disappeared without a trace and she
never gave up waiting and watching for him.
A film company was doing a story of Ghosts and Lighthouses for The
They flew us to Boston the 16th of October of that year for
Bob to tell his story at the Lighthouse. The movie is usually shown
Watch for Bob in it.