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Rany Jennette's father, Unaka, was the last keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He was its principal keeper from 1919 to 1933, when a severe hurricane discouraged the family from staying on. Today at 77, Rany is a summer ranger at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and shares his experiences of growing up at a lighthouse station.
Unaka Benjamin Jennette, born in 1882, served thirty-eight years in the Lighthouse Service. From 1919 to 1937, Jennette was keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, before the lighthouse was put in the hands of United States Coast Guard. Jennette was responsible for the care and management of the light and station, especially during severe storms and hurricanes.