Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Kingston This Week - Rob Mooy
Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive illustrated account of these sentinels ever compiled.
Cottage Life - Andrea Curtis
There's a lingering romance around lighthouses, those beacons of safety from pre-GPS times: stories about the shipwrecks they prevented—or helplessly witnessed; the raging storms; the solitary lives of the keepers. For cottagers who spend their summers near one of the many still-standing structures on the Great Lakes, or for anyone possessed by a love of these inland seas, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Encyclopedia is the definitive reference book on the subject. Featuring more than 650 lighthouses, it's a meticulously researched and beautifully photographed tome, a book to return to, discovering new and delicious detail each time.
Globe and Mail
(Globe and Mail Christmas 2006 Gift Book selection) This comprehensive full-colour encyclopedia, the result of more than 15 years research, features information about more than 650 lighthouses located on the Canadian and U.S. sides of all five Great Lakes.Globe and Mail, 2006-12-09
Choice Vol 45 No 2 - M. Nilsen
A well-illustrated, logically organized reference tool on the lighthouses of the five Great Lakes... Very useful for transportation, architecture, local, and comprehensive collections. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.
The Wayback Times Vol. 12 Issue 70
Resplendent...meticulously researched...incredible photography.... This book will be an invaluable guide for those seeking to explore the fascinating history of the Great Lakes and their lighthouses, whether it be from an armchair or by vehicle. The twenty-five years of research Larry and Patricia Wright dedicated to this book have translated into a remarkable publication that you will enjoy opening time and again. It is truly a book that shines.
Great Lakes Seaway Review
If you only own one lighthouse book, this is the one to buy. It's a tremendous reference work and a nice planning guide for your next lighthouse trip.
Heritage Matters Vol 6 No 3
The result of more than 15 years of research and interviews, this comprehensive full-color encyclopedia features more than 650 lighthouses located on both the American and the Canadian sides of all five Great Lakes.... Tales of tragedy and triumph abound in this remarkable work. All manner of stone, brick and wooden lighthouses were erected to light the night and safely guide lake-farers in their schooners, steamers, brigs, barques and sloops. Many of these noble structures have since fallen into disrepair or have been torn down in the name of progress, but the surviving lights — hundreds of them — have become monuments to an exciting period in our history and points of pilgrimage for millions of maritime enthusiasts. Though numerous regional lighthouse books have been written, this outstanding volume is the first to capture lighthouse history throughout the Great Lakes.
News Journal, Mansield OH - Terry Mapes
A priceless resource.... a fine book that will provide hours of pleasurable skimming for anyone who love lighthouses.
Great Laker
If you own only one lighthouse book, this is the one to buy. It's a tremendous reference work and a nice planning guide for your next lighthouse trip.
The Wayback Times - S. Neilly
Meticulously researched ... Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated.... An invaluable guide for those seeking to explore the fascinating history of the Great Lakes and their lighthouses, whether it be from an armchair or by vehicle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554078936
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 624,437
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Wright and photographer Larry Wright collaborated on two previous books, Bonfires and Beacons and Bright Lights, Dark Nights.

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Preface

Preface

Created over a span of fifteen years, this book provides a fascinating look at the lighthouses that encircle the Great Lakes, from the St. Lawrence River to Duluth and the Lakehead. While not every light that ever existed is featured, most have been accounted for. We gathered this information from a wide range of resources: national archives, state and provincial archives, county and municipal archives, museums, university and public libraries, special collections, newspapers, periodicals, navigational guides, the internet, historical societies, port authorities, keepers and their families, other lighthouse authors and enthusiasts, the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard.

Although many people and groups have written in greater detail about their favorite lights or those with which they are most familiar, our hope is that this volume will accurately present the whole circle of Great Lakes lights and lend further impetus to their preservation. We traveled the lakes repeatedly to get an understanding of the distinct regions. We visited most of the existing lights on the lakes and are fortunate to have visited and photographed a number of lights that are now gone. Compiling and organizing the materials in this book was a labor of love.

Because so little is known about some of the lights, and because many lights on the lakes have similar names or have had multiple names over the years, it became a researcher's nightmare to sort out the data. Locations were sometimes vague, contradictions were abundant, and dates and names in government agencies and documents varied. It was a constant challenge to fit the available information into a proper timeline for the evolution of construction and to establish an accurate chronology for the lists of lighthouse keepers. What's more, lighthouse groups and museums on every lake seemed to have their own claim to fame for their local lighthouse ("the oldest light," "the tallest light," or perhaps "the last light to have a keeper"). We have done our best to respect shared knowledge and historical accuracy. Our hope is that people who have additional information about these lights will join us in our attempt to preserve the lighthouses and share their histories.

We hope that you enjoy this book.

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