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The Lighthouse Stevensons: The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the Ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson

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For centuries the seas around Scotland were notorious for shipwrecks.  Mariners' only aids were skill, luck, and single coal-fire light on the east coast, which was usually extinguished  by rain.  In 1786 the Northern Lighthouse Trust was established, with Robert Stevenson appointed as chief engineer a few years later.  In this engrossing book, Bella Bathhurst reveals that the Stevensons not only supervised the construction of the lighthouses under often desperate conditions but also perfected a design of precisely chiseled interlocking granite blocks that would withstand the enormous waves that batter these stone pillars.  The same Stevensons also developed the lamps and lenses of the lights themselves, which "sent a gleam across the wave" and prevented countless ships from being lost at sea.

While it is the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson that brought fame to the family name, this memorizing account shows how his extraordinary  ancestors changed the shape of the Scotland coast-against incredible odds and with remarkable technical ingenuity.  

Synopsis:

While it is the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson that has brought fame to his family name, the author gives this account of how his ancestors changed the shape of the eastern Scotland coast by designing and supervising the construction of lighthouses. Illustrations.

About the Author

Bella Bathurst is a freelance journalist. She divides her time between London and Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060932268
Author:
Bathurst, Bella
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Harper Collins Publishers
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
Lighthouses
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Scotland and Wales
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.10x5.38x.71 in. .57 lbs.

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