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The Light-houses of the United States
by Charles Nordhoff & Gustav Kobe.
Showing lighthouses and keepers on all U.S. coasts--Pacific, Atlantic,
Gulf, and Great Lakes, with three extra articles by Gustav Kobbe: "Life in a Lighthouse",
and if that isn't lonely enough there comes "Life on the South Shoals Lightship".
Last is "Heroism in the Lighthouse Service".
Here are four articles on that romantic historic aspect of the maritime
industry--the lighthouse. The first is a history and survey of lighthouses to
1874, giving a look at the federal service that operated them and how the
lighthouses were run as well as their importance to shipping when when a light
was main--sometimes the only--navigational aid. .Then there are insights into
keepers' lives in one of the most exposed lighthouses ever built (Minot's Ledge outside
Boston Harbor). Portrayed, too is the role played by offshore lights on anchored ships.
And recalled, too, are dramas and devotion to fellow man and duty that must
never be forgotten. First published at the pre-1900 time when lighthouses held
greatest importance: Lighthouses remain intriguing for
their function and dramatic vertical architecture, and are now historic, recalling dramas of the past. Many
of the lighthouses described are in national and state park areas and are
maintained as historic sites, with museums and visitor centers open to the
public. In many you can still climb to the top for a view keepers once saw. A
visit to one of these is all the more meaningful with the insights gained
from this collection of articles. More...
75 period engravings. 64 pages.
Order #: VIST0086 paper$6.95
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