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Life of the Lighthouse Keeper / Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal

 
 
Life of the Lighthouse Keeper / Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal Marker English text image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 27, 2019
1. Life of the Lighthouse Keeper / Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal Marker English text
Inscription.  

La Vida del Farero
Los fareros, a lo largo de la historia, se han ocupado de mantener en buenas condiciones y de encenderlos cada noche. En sus inicios fue una actividad pesada y riesgosa, ya que tenían que prender hogueras o lámparas de aceite y mantener el suministro de combustible. Además, deberían valerse de la fuerza y el ingenio para mantener en marcha el faro, ya que eso dependía la seguridad de los barcos y sus tripulantes.

Como los barcos se encontraban en sitios lejanos, muchas veces los fareros vivían solos o con su familias, aisladas durante mucho tiempo, hasta que llegan los suministros de víveres y materiales. El farero llevaba una bitácora del diario acontecer, el consumo de materiales y las embarcaciones que divisaba. La profesión de farero es quizá una de las más antiguas y románticas, ahora menos frecuente debido a la implementación de los modernos sistemas automatizados.

Los Fareros de Chetumal
Los primeros faros de la ciudad, que estuvieron colocados en la torre del reloj y en el monumento a la bandera, carecían de una persona dedicada únicamente al faro. Fue hasta mediados
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 27, 2019
2. Life of the Lighthouse Keeper / Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal Marker
The Spanish version of the marker is seen here to the far left, near the migration area of the Chetumal pier.
del siglo XX, con la construcción del nuevo faro, al oriente de la ciudad sobre el Boulevard Bahía, que se tuvo primer farero a Federico Alcérreca, hijo de Don Federico R. Alcérreca quien construyó el faro. Después del huracán Janet en 1955, pidió su cambio a la Secretaría de Marina Mercante dejando como segundo farero al señor Encalada, mejor conocido por todos sus amigos como El Solplillo, un hombre muy inteligente y capaz, que años después sería Capitán de Puerto de Chetumal, a los seis meses dejó el encargo de farero para encargárselo a Arcadio Sabido, quien se encontraba en el faro de Tulum. Finalmente al fallecer éste, recibió el encargo como cuarto farero su hijo Ignacio Filiberto Sabido, al que se le conoce como Chícharo y quién también se desempeñó como jefe de servicios navales de la Marina Mercante, adscrito a la Capitanía de Puerto de Chetumal, fungiendo al mismo tiempo como encargado del faro en Chetumal, labor que desempeñó por 42 años, de 1957 a 1999 cuando se jubiló del cargo. En la actualidad el Faro de Chetumal funciona de manera automática.

Pie de dibujos: Nombramiento de 1957 que responsabiliza del Faro de Chetumal al Sr. Ignacio Filiberto Sabido y la entrega de documentos de bienes con fecha del 9 de marzo de 1999, por la cual concluye su trabajo valioso.

English:
Life of the Lighthouse Keeper
The lighthouse
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 27, 2019
3. Life of the Lighthouse Keeper / Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal Marker
A view of the Chetumal pier and the migration/port building at the end of the pier towards the south. The markers are directly inside the open air portion near the migration checkpoint.
keepers, throughout history, have been busy to keep in good condition the headlights of the lighthouses and turn them on every night. In the beginning it was a heavy and risky activity, since they had to ignite fires or oil lamps and keep the fuel supply. Furthermore, they should rely on the strength and ingenuity to keep up the lighthouse, as that depended of the safety of ships and their crews.

As the boats were in distant places, often lighthouse keepers lived alone or with their families, isolated for a long time, until the supplies of food and materials reached them. The lighthouse keeper had a log book of daily events, the consumption of materials and the vessels could see. The profession of lighthouse keeper is perhaps one of the oldest and romantic, now less common due to the implementation of modern automatic systems.

Lighthouse Keepers of Chetumal
The first lighthouses of the city, that were placed in the clock tower and in the monument to the flag, lacked of a person dedicated only to the lighthouse. It was not until the mid-twentieth century with the construction of the new lighthouse, east of the city on the Bay Boulevard, which had the first lighthouse keeper Federico Alcérreca, son of Don Federico R. Alcérreca who built the lighthouse. After Hurricane Janet in 1955, he requested a transfer to the Ministry of Merchant Marine leaving as second lighthouse keeper Mr. Encalada, better known by all his friends as SOPLILLO, a very intelligent and capable man, who years later became Captain of the harbour master in Chetumal, after six months he left the lighthouse keeper job he puted in charge Mr. Arcadio Sabido, who was in charge of the lighthouse of Tulum. Finally when he died, his son Ignacio Filiberto Sabido Padilla was commissioned as a fourth lighthouse keeper, who is known as CHICHARO and who also served as chief of naval services of the Merchant Marine, assigned to the harbour Port of Chetumal, serving at the same time as lighthouse keeper in Chetumal, job he did for 42 years, from 1957 to 1999 when he retired from office. Today the lighthouse Chetumal works automatically.

Caption: Appointment dated in 1957 that makes responsible of the Lighthouse in Chetumal to Mr. Ignacio Filiberto Sabido and the document delivery of goods dated March 9, 1999, by which he concludes its valuable work.
 
Location. 18° 29.432′ N, 88° 17.962′ W. Marker is in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, in Municipality of Othón P. Blanco. Marker is on Boulevard Bahía just east of Avenida Independencia, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is at the end of the main Chetumal pier. Marker is in this post office area: Chetumal, Quintana Roo 73000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mr. Ignacio Filiberto Sabido Padilla (here, next to this marker); The Emblematic Pier of Chetumal (here, next to this marker); Monument to Nachi Cocom (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Payo Enríquez de Rivera (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Joop Beljön (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Monument to the Mexican Flag (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Southern Fleet (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Othón Pompeyo Blanco Núñez de Cáceres (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chetumal.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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