Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia

Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia

Book - 2006
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The lighthouses of the five Great Lakes -- a comprehensive collection with full-color photographs.

This comprehensive, full-color encyclopedia features more than 650 lighthouses located on all five of the Great Lakes. These lakes may appear easy to navigate, but swift currents, hidden reefs and shoals, shifting sandbars, uncharted passages and fierce, fast-moving storms made early navigation a mariner's nightmare. Thousands of sailors' lives were lost before the network of lighthouses was established, and tales of tragedy and triumph abound.

All manner of stone, brick and wooden lighthouses were erected to light the night and guide the captains of schooners, steamers, brigs, barks and sloops. Too many of these noble structures have now fallen into disrepair or have been torn down in the name of progress, but hundreds survive as monuments to an exciting period in history and points of pilgrimage for millions of maritime enthusiasts.

Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia includes lighthouses in both the United States and Canada. For each there is a description of its history and construction material. For many that are either open to the public or accessible through state or provincial parks, points of access are given.

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781550463996
Branch Call Number: 386.8550977 WRI
Characteristics: 448 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Wright, Patricia 1949-


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leww May 28, 2009

Without question, the best book on Great Lakes lighthouses available ... quite possibly on lighthouses anywhere in North America. It is full of colour illustrations both contemporary and historical, logically organized and provides a thorough history of each location it covers. There are a few missing lights, but mostly the truly obscure ones.

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