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America S Lighthouses: An Illustrated History

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"A detailed, scholarly, masterly book…and yet the romance is still there."—Chicago Tribune

Beacons of light along the shore have guided mariners for thousands of years—from the days when olive oil lamps burned on darkened hillsides to signal the location of ancient harbors, to modern times when automated stations sent out 350,000 candlepower beams that cut through darkness and fog.

The present volume, the first full-scale study of the United States Lighthouse Service, is a celebration of these vanishing symbols of security. Written by a historian of the National Park Service, this book describes the founding and operation of over 200 famous lights located along U.S. coastal and inland waterways. Beginning with the Boston Light, first lit in 1716, this carefully researched yet romantic account takes readers to every notable light installation in the nation—from New England to Delaware; the South Atlantic to the Florida Keys; the Gulf Coast; San Diego to Cape Flattery; the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain as well as Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

An informative section on lighthouse administration tells of the station's early days—when local authorities attempted to operate them—and their eventual takeover in 1939 by the U.S. Coast Guard. Subsequent chapters describe the development of diverse illumination systems as well as the vast number of changes and technological advances that have occurred in lighthouse construction and maintenance over the past century. In addition to its wealth of technical data, Dr. Holland's fascinating volume also includes dramatic vignettes—about heroic rescues of wreck-strewn sailors and valiant efforts to keep the lights shining in the face of human violence and natural calamity.

This vivid, fact-filled history, enhanced by exciting tales and colorful personalities, is abundantly illustrated by over 100 historic engravings, drawings, and photographs. It is a book that will be prized not only by marine historians and armchair adventurers but by anyone who has ever felt the lure and romance of lighthouses—the lonely sentinels by the sea that have played such a crucial role in the maritime history of America and other sea-faring nations.

Synopsis:

Richly illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Over 200 stations — East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Synopsis:

Profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Over 200 stations — East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Synopsis:

Delightfully written, profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Includes over 200 stations located along coastal and inland waterways of the continental U.S.—East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers. In addition to explaining the development of the lighthouse from the Pharos of Alexandria to the 350,000 candlepower lights of today, the author discusses designs, lenses, and fuels, the duties and way of life of the lighthouse keepers (rapidly giving way to automation), and such other aids to navigation as fog signals, buoys, river lights, and lightships.

Synopsis:

Delightfully written, profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Includes over 200 stations located along coastal and inland waterways of the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. History, anecdotes, technological advances, much more.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

I. The Foundation

    EARLY LIGHTS ABROAD (300 B.C.-A.D. 1811)

      Eddystone Light (1689)

      Inchcape (Bell Rock) Light (1811)

    COLONIAL LIGHTS

      Boston Light (1716)

      Brant Point Ligt (1746)

      Tybee Island Light (1748?)

      Beavertail Light (1749)

      New London Light (1760)

      Sandy Hook Light (1764)

      Cape Henlopen Light (1767)

      Charleston (Morris Island) Light (1767)

      Plymouth Light (1769)

      Portsmouth Light (1771)

      Cape Ann Light (1771)

II. The Light

      Early Fuels

      Early Lamps

      Winslow Lewis and the Parabolic Reflector

      Lewis and the Fifth Auditor

      The Fresnel Lens

      The Fifth Auditor Drags His Feet

      Congress Investigates

      The Adoption of the Fresnel Lens

      Improving the Light

III. A History of the Administration of Lighthouses

      A Fedral Responsibility

    THE ADVENT OF THE FIFTH AUDITOR

      Economy vs. Effectiveness

      Congress Orders the Inspection of 1838

      Congress Considers a Reorganization

      Lighthouse Administration under Pleasonton

    THE INVESTIGATION OF 1851

      The Creation of the Lighthouse Board (1852)

      The Bureau of Lighthouses (1910)

      The Coast Guard Takes Over (1939)

IV. The Keeper's Work

      Appointments and Competence

      A Career Service

      Discrimination

      Compensation

      Keeping the Light

      Training the Keeper

      Preformance of Duty

V. The Keeper's Life

      Educating the Children

      "Lighthouse "Farming"

      Fighting Monotony: The Lighthouse Library

      "Humane and Gallant Services"

VI. The Lightship

      Lightships under the Fifth Auditor

      Diamond Shoals Lightship (1824)

      Lightship Equipment and the Ability to Maintain Station

      Lightships under the Lighthouse Board

      Lightship Duty

      Lightship Design

      Lightship Propulsion and Equipment

      Lightships Against the Sea

      Improving the Lightship

VII. Lighthouses of the North Atlantic Coast: Maine through Delaware

      Boston Light (1716)

      Brant Point Light (1746)

      New London Light (1749)

      Sandy Hook Light (1760)

      Cape Henlopen Light (1767)

      Plymouth Light (1769)

      Portsmouth Light (1771)

      Cape Ann Light (1771)

      Nantucket (Great Point) Light (1784)

      Newburyport Harbor Light (1788)

      Portland Head Light (1791)

      Sequin Island Light (1797)

      Montauk Point Light (1797)

      "Bakers Island Light, Massachusetts (1798)"

      Cape Cod (Highland) Light (1798)

      Gay Head Light (1799)

      Eatons Neck Light (1799)

      New England Lights (1800-1810)

      Lights in Long Island Sound (1800-1810)

      Increase in Seacoast Lights (1811-1830)

      Fire Island Light (1826)

      Matinicus Rock Light (1827)

      Cape Elizabeth Light (1828)

      Navesink Light (1828)

      "Baker Island Light, Maine (1828)"

      Brandywine Shoal Light (1828)

      Harbor Lights (1830-1840)

      Mount Desert Rock Light (1830) and Saddleback Ledge Light (1839)

      Barnegat Light (1835)

      Sankaty Head Light (1850)

      Minots Ledge Light (1850)

      The Screw-Pile Lighthouse: Brandywine Shoal (1850)

      AbsEcon Light (1857)

      The Caisson Lighthouse: Ship John Shoal (1877) and the Fourteen Foot Bank (1886)

VIII. Lighthouses of the South Atlantic Coast: Maryland to the Florida Keys

      Charleston (Morris Island) Light (1767)

      Tybee Island Light (1748?)

      Cape Henry Light (1792)

      Cape Fear (Bald Head) Light (1795)

      Cape Hatteras Light (1803)

      Ocracoke Light (1803)

      Smith Point Light (1802)

      Old Point Comfort Light (1802); New Point Comfort Light (1805)

      St. Simons Light (ca. 1815)

      Cape Lookout Light (1812)

      Lights in Chesapeake Bay (1820-1825)

      Pamplico Point Shoal Light (1828)

      Sapelo Island Light (1820)

      St. Augustine Light (1821)

      Cape Romain Light (1827)

      Cape Charles Light (1828)

      More Lights in Chesapeake Bay (1830-1838)

      Roanoke Marshes Light (1831)

      Ponce de Leon (Mosquito) Inlet Light (1887)

      Assateague Island Light (1833)

      Bodie Island Light (1848)

      Cape Kennedy (Canaveral) Light (1848)

      Still More Lights in Chesapeake Bay (1853-1857)

      Hog Island Light (1854)

      Fenwick Island Light (1858)

      Hunting Island Light (1859)

      Jupiter Inlet Light (1875)

    THE SPREAD OT THE SCREWPILE LIGHTHOUSE

      Hoopers Strait Light (1867)

      Wolfs Trap Light (1870)

      Thimble Shoals Light (1870)

      Currituck Beach Light (1875)

IX. Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast: The Floriday Keys to the Mexican Border

    LIGHTS IN FLORIDA

      Carysfort Reef Light (1825)

      Key West Light (1825)

      Dry Tortugas Light (1825)

      Cape Florida Light (ca. 1825)

      Sand Key Light (1827)

      Pensacola Light (1825)

      St. Marks Light (1831)

      Cape St. George Light (1833)

      Cape San Blas Light (1847)

      St. Joseph Point Light (1839)

      Egmont Key

      Trinidad Head Light (1871)

      Point Cabrillo Light (1909)

      Lights in San Franscisco Bay (1874-1910)

      Pigeon Point Light (1872)

      Point Sur Light (1889)

      Piedras Blancas Light (1875)

      Point Arguello Light (1901)

      Point Vicente Light (1926)

      Harbor Lights (1869-1913)

XI. Lighthouses of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain

    LIGHTS ON LAKE ERIE

      Presque Isle Light (1819)

      Sandusky Light (1821)

      Fairport Light (1825)

      Buffalo Light (1828?)

      Barcelona and Otter Creek Lights (1829)

      Cleveland Light (1829)

      Turtle Island Light (1832)

      Pierhead Lights of the 1830's

      Lights on the Detroit River (1838-1885)

      Maumee Bay Light (1855) and South Bass Island Light (1897)

    LIGHTS ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER (1827-1848)

    LIGHTS ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN

      Juniper Island Light (1826)

      Burlington Lights (1857)

      Cumberland Head Light (1838) and Plattsburg Breakwater Lights (1867)

      Split Rock Light (1838)

      Isle La Motte Light (1857)

      Crown Point Light (1859)

      Colchester Reef Light (1871)

    LIGHTS ON LAKE ONTARIO

      Galloo Island Light (1826)

      Oswego and Rochester Harbor Lights (1822)

      Fort Niagara Light (1823) and Sodus Bay Light (1825)

      Lights of the 1830's

      Lights of the 1870's

    LIGHTS ON LAKE HURON

      Fort Gratiot Light (1825)

      Bois Blanc Island Light (1829)

      Thunder Bay Island Light (1832) and Presque Isle Harbor Light (1840)

      Detour Light (1847) and Cheboygan Light (1852)

      Forty Mile Point Light (1897) and Harbor Beach Light (1858)

      Lights in Saginaw Bay (1848-1878)

      Spectacle Reef Light (1874)

    LIGHTS ON LAKE MICHIGAN

      St. Joseph and Chicago Harbor of Refuge Lights (1832)

      Chicago Harbor Light (1893)

      River Entrance Lights (1838-1849) and Pierhead Lights (1838-1851)

      Coastal and Pierhead Lights on the Eastern Shore (1839-1936)

      Coastal Lights on the Western Shore (1854-1928)

      Lights on Green Bay (1837-1935)

    LIGHTS ON LAKE SUPERIOR

      Whitefish Point and Copper Harbor Lights (1849)

      Manitou Island Light (1850)

      Lights of the 1850's

      Huron Island Light (1868) and Granite Island Light (1869)

      Duluth Harbor and Au Sable Lights (1874); Lights of the Apostle Islands

      Passage Island Light (1882)

      Stannard Rock Light (1882)

      Rock of Ages Light (1908)

      Split Rock Light (1910)

XII. "Lighthouses of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands"

    LIGHTS OF ALASKA

      Lights on the Inside Passage (1902-1905)

      Scotch Cap Light (1903)

      Cape Sarichef Light (1904)

      Cape Hinchinbrook Light (1910)

      Cape St. Elias Light (1916)

      Cape Spencer Light (1925)

      Cape Decision Light (1932)

    LIGHTS OF HAWAII

      Molokai Light (1909)

      Makapuu Point Light (1909)

      Kilauea Point Light (1913)

    LIGHTS OF PUERTO RICO

      Mona Island Light (1900)

      Lights Taken over from Spain

      Arecibo Light (1898)

    LIGHTS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

XIII. "Fog Signals, Buoys, and River Lights"

    Fog Signals

    Buoys

    River lights

XIV. Epilogue

  Appendix: The Light List

  References

  Bibliography

  Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486255767
Author:
Holland, Francis Ross, Jr.
Author:
Holland, F. Ross
Author:
Holland, Francis Ross, Jr.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
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General
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History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
Subject:
Lighthouses
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Lighthouses -- United States.
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Maritime
Publication Date:
19880231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10.75 x 8 in 1.42 lb

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Richly illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Over 200 stations — East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers.
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Profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Over 200 stations — East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers.
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Delightfully written, profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Includes over 200 stations located along coastal and inland waterways of the continental U.S.—East, Gulf, and West coasts, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Rivers. In addition to explaining the development of the lighthouse from the Pharos of Alexandria to the 350,000 candlepower lights of today, the author discusses designs, lenses, and fuels, the duties and way of life of the lighthouse keepers (rapidly giving way to automation), and such other aids to navigation as fog signals, buoys, river lights, and lightships.

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Delightfully written, profusely illustrated fact-filled survey of American lighthouses since 1716. Includes over 200 stations located along coastal and inland waterways of the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. History, anecdotes, technological advances, much more.

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