Guardians of the Lights: Stories of U.S. Lighthouse Keepers

Guardians of the Lights: Stories of U.S. Lighthouse Keepers

by Elinor De Wire
     
 

ISBN-10: 1561641197

ISBN-13: 9781561641192

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.

In a charming blend of history and human interest, this book paints a colorful portrait of the lives of a vanished breed—the lighthouse keepers—from the year 1716, when the first lighthouse was established in America, to the early 1980s when automation replaced the last human “guardian of the light.” A wealth of material from the archives of

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In a charming blend of history and human interest, this book paints a colorful portrait of the lives of a vanished breed—the lighthouse keepers—from the year 1716, when the first lighthouse was established in America, to the early 1980s when automation replaced the last human “guardian of the light.” A wealth of material from the archives of the 19th and 20th centuriesss—primarily letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts—provides vivid stories about lighthouse keeping in this country: the daily work; coping with fog, storms and other catastrophes; legends and ghosts; women’s and families' roles; lighthouse children and pets; the natural world around lighthouses; and the diverse characters of those who held the job. Lighthouse keeping was a unique occupation, now obsolete, and this book is a fitting tribute to these tough, usually solitary, and dedicated heroes who kept the lights burning every night, without fail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561641192
Publisher:
Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
961,936
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.79(d)

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