Lighthouses of North America

Beacons from Coast to Coast

Author: Sylke Jackson

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781770852495

Category: Transportation

Page: 320

View: 607


A tour of more than 70 of the continent's most beautiful and important lighthouses. Lighthouses of North America is a beautiful tribute to 71 lighthouses in the United States and Canada. The selection covers the full range of lighthouse architectural styles and represents all regions of the continent. The book opens with a brief but fascinating history of lighthouses, which traces their use from the Romans to the "golden age" of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when lighthouses became a strategic and commercial asset to seafarers. Readers will discover the fascinating details that give lighthouses their spirit, such as Portland Head Lighthouse, the favorite haunt of poet Henry Wadsworth, providing inspiration for his poem "The Lighthouse"; how early rocket launches damaged the original Cape Canaveral Lighthouse; that a friendly ghost named Rue is said to wander the grounds of Oregon's Heceta Head Lighthouse; and how the Race Rocks Lighthouse in British Columbia guided vessels into port during the Fraser gold rush. Chapters focus on construction method and present each sentinel over a two- to six-page spread with a narrative description: Conical & Cylindrical Construction, such as the Fire Island Light off Long Island and the Three Sisters of Nauset in Massachusetts Square Construction, such as the Holland Harbor Light in Michigan and the Presque Isle Light on Lake Erie Hexagonal and Octagonal Construction, such as the Alcatraz Island Light in San Francisco Bay and the famous Peggy's Point Light in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia Skeletal Construction, such as the Sanibel Island Light on Florida's Gulf Coast and the Rawley Point Light in Wisconsin. Striking color photographs show the lighthouse exteriors and interiors, and a facts box details location, tower height, focal plan, daymark, light characteristics, year established and current use. Thoughtful essays describe the architecture of the essential spiral staircase, lost lighthouses, how the lights work, the light-keepers, haunted lighthouses, the future of lighthouses and the most recognized and unusual of lighthouses, the Statue of Liberty. For the traveler, there is a list of North American Lights and useful resources. Lighthouse aficionados are many in number and all will enjoy this stunning book.

Lighthouses of the Bay Area

Author: Betty S. Veronico

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738559438

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 5532


The 1848 discovery of gold in the hills of California brought prospectors and adventurers west; many came across the country on the treacherous western trails, while others came by sea. The rugged coast of California and the dangers of the San Francisco Bay waters claimed many ships and their passengers. The loss of these ships and the ever-increasing number of vessels converging in the San Francisco Bay made it evident that navigational aids were desperately needed. To enhance maritime safety in the region, the San Francisco Bay's first light, located on Alcatraz Island, began construction in 1852. Light stations soon followed at Fort Point, Point Bonita, and the Farallon Islands. An additional 15 lights later served the bay, and two lightships were stationed outside the Golden Gate.

The American Coast Pilot

Containing Directions for the Principal Harbors, Capes and Headlands, on the Coasts of North and South America ... : with the Prevailing Winds, Setting of the Currents, &c. and the Latitudes and Longitudes of the Principal Harbors and Capes : Together with a Tide Table

Author: Edmund March Blunt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Pilot guides

Page: 642

View: 9564



The Treasure of Stephens Point Lighthouse

Author: Sue B. Crews

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469100908

Category: Fiction

Page: 153

View: 6370


Due to menacing circumstances at home, Charlie Stephens accepts the position of summer camp counselor at the Seaview Harbor Aquarium. Visiting Stephens Point Lighthouse museum near the aquarium, Charlies new friend, Darren, introduces Charlie to the journal of McFarland Ross. McFarlands journal reveals a 250-year-old mystery involving marauding pirates, buried treasure, secret caves, and family histories. Meanwhile, the problems from home have followed Charlie to Seaview Harbor. Strange things start happening at the aquarium. Charlie and Darren recruit Alexandria and Emily to help them track down the culprits and to possibly uncover the lost treasure of Stephens Point Lighthouse.

Encyclopedia of New Jersey

Author: Maxine N. Lurie,Michael Siegel,Marc Mappen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813533252

Category: History

Page: 927

View: 8491


Information from New Jersey's earliest history to the present is catalogued in a detailed reference book that covers such topics as architecture, municipalities and counties, business and industry, ethnic groups, and sports and recreation, all enhanced with more than five hundred illustrations and 150 maps.

America's Lighthouses

An Illustrated History

Author: Francis Ross Holland

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486255767

Category: Transportation

Page: 226

View: 6818


A history of the lighthouse which examines its technical development in the United States