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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, May 10 - May 12, 2005 CAP E LIFE Take a tour of the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse May 14 The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation (DRBLHF) invites residents and visitors to walk in the steps of the keeper by taking a tour of the offshore Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Saturday, May 14. The tour is the first opportunity to visit the lighthouse in 2005. Lighthouse enthusiasts will climb the 67 steps of the light's spiral staircase echoing the footsteps of the keepers from the past. During their hour-long visit to the light, participants will learn where the keepers ate their meals, how they coped with horrific Atlantic storms and, of course, what it was like to tend the light high atop in the lantern room each night. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the stone breakwaters and enjoy the spectacular views of Cape Henlopen and Lewes Harbor. This tour will depart at 10 a.m. from the Finger Pier at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 for children under 18. Children must be at least 46 inches tall. Tickets are limited to 24 people per tour; reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation at 644-7046. Proceeds from the tour will help benefit the DRBLHF's ongoing restoration and preservation of the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and the Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse. For more information or the complete schedule of 2005 tours to the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and the Delaware East End Lighthouse, call the DRBLHF office or visit the foundation's website at www.delawarebay- Submitted photo Reservations are now being accepted to tour of the offshore Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Saturday, May 14. This will be the first opportunity to visit the Hghthouse in 2005. Adopt a Family sets baby drive through May Kent/Sussex Adopt-A-Family will hold its second annual Used Household & Baby Item Collection Drive each Saturday in May. The drop off days and loca- tions include Saturday, May 14, Williams State Service Center on Route 13 and River Road across from Winner Ford; and Saturday, May 28 and throughout the year at the Kent/Sussex Adopt-A- Family office at the Milford State Service Center Annex, located at 13 S.W. Front Street, Suite 103, behind the Second Hand Prose Bookstore on the corner of Walnut and Front streets. Donations are tax-deductible and will be used to help families overcome crisis and work toward providing stable homes for their children. Donations of used kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, baby room and general household items are needed all year long to help area families living in poverty who have experienced an unforeseen financial crisis. New items are always appreciated. Continued on page 15 Salt00vater Portrait Student rides 60-foot rouge wave home to Hawaii By Karl Chalabala Straughn Gorman duct-taped his television tight and secured the belongings in his ship cabin before he went to bed. A Cape Henlopen High School graduate, Gorman was traveling abroad as part of the Semester at Sea program. After leaving Vancouver, the 561-foot ship he was on, the M.V. Explorer, encoun- tered a fierce North Pacific storm. Gorman and almost 700 other students had not been above deck ill over a week and the scene was not pret- ty. "We were not allowed out," he said. "We rocked so hard water came up to the third and fourth over the portholes. People were sleeping in the hallways because the beds kept coming off the walls. Some people were throw- ing up in the hallways. You couldn't walk in a straight line. GORMAN We didn't really realize how bad it was, but afterwards the crew said it was the worst storm they had ever been in." After locking his stuff down, Gorman and his room- mate climbed into their beds and tried to get some rest while the wind and waves lashed at the ship. "All of sudden the wall became the ceiling and everything came flying at us," Gorman said. A 60-foot rogue wave had struck the boat. It broke the bridge window and destroyed all the navigation equipment and knocked out three of the ship's four engines. "The captain came on, almost crying, and told everyone to put on ow" )ffejackets and head to the lifeboats," Gorman said. "We saw him grab a compass from a lifeboat. The girls were crying. They were calling for the women and the children to come to the Continued on page 15 Straughn Gorman photos Straughn Gorman traveled around the world with the Semester at Sea program this year. A 60-foot rogue wave struck the ship and it almost needed to be evacuated. After the ship and program recuperated, Gorman saw many idyllic scenes from around the world, including this ride down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.