Lighthouses of North America: Beacons from Coast to Coast

Lighthouses of North America: Beacons from Coast to Coast

by Sylke Jackson


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Lighthouses of North America: Beacons from Coast to Coast by Sylke Jackson

A tour of more than 70 of the continent's most beautiful and important lighthouses.

Lighthouses of North America is a beautiful tribute to 71 lighthouses in the United States and Canada. The selection covers the full range of lighthouse architectural styles and represents all regions of the continent. The book opens with a brief but fascinating history of lighthouses, which traces their use from the Romans to the "golden age" of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when lighthouses became a strategic and commercial asset to seafarers.

Readers will discover the fascinating details that give lighthouses their spirit, such as Portland Head Lighthouse, the favorite haunt of poet Henry Wadsworth, providing inspiration for his poem "The Lighthouse"; how early rocket launches damaged the original Cape Canaveral Lighthouse; that a friendly ghost named Rue is said to wander the grounds of Oregon's Heceta Head Lighthouse; and how the Race Rocks Lighthouse in British Columbia guided vessels into port during the Fraser gold rush.

Chapters focus on construction method and present each sentinel over a two- to six-page spread with a narrative description:

  • Conical & Cylindrical Construction, such as the Fire Island Light off Long Island and the Three Sisters of Nauset in Massachusetts
  • Square Construction, such as the Holland Harbor Light in Michigan and the Presque Isle Light on Lake Erie
  • Hexagonal and Octagonal Construction, such as the Alcatraz Island Light in San Francisco Bay and the famous Peggy's Point Light in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
  • Skeletal Construction, such as the Sanibel Island Light on Florida's
    Gulf Coast and the Rawley Point Light in Wisconsin.

Striking color photographs show the lighthouse exteriors and interiors, and a facts box details location, tower height, focal plan, daymark, light characteristics, year established and current use.

Thoughtful essays describe the architecture of the essential spiral staircase, lost lighthouses, how the lights work, the light-keepers, haunted lighthouses, the future of lighthouses and the most recognized and unusual of lighthouses, the Statue of Liberty. For the traveler, there is a list of North American Lights and useful resources.

Lighthouse aficionados are many in number and all will enjoy this stunning book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770852495
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 810,714
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sylke Jackson is a freelance writer and holds a BA cum laude in Literature from Yale University. Her passion for architectural preservation has led her to work on historic buildings in this country and abroad. Jackson teaches high school English and writing. She also races Lightning sailboats on the Hudson, and always keeps a grateful eye on the lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Lighthouses


    Point Arena Light
    Fisgard Light
    Yaquina Head Light
    Ponce de Leon Light
    Heceta Head Light
    Cape Canaveral Light
    Portland Head Light
    Castle Hill Light
    Bodie Island Light
    Cape Bonavista Light
    Cape Lookout Light
    Fire Island Light
    Cape Neddick Light
    Pigeon Point Light
    Ned's Point Light
    Cape Hatteras Light
    Cape Ann Light
    Boston Harbor Light
    Wind Point Light
    Owl's Head Light
    Three Sisters Lights
    Gay Head Light
    West Quoddy Head Light
    Morris Island Light
    Anacapa Island Light
    Admiralty Head Light
    Disappointment Light
    St. Augustine Light
    Grand Haven Light
    Tarrytown Light
    Jeffrey's Hook Light
    Marblehead Light
    Chicago Harbor Light
    Kilauea Light
    Barnegat Light
    Biloxi Light
    Portland Breakwater Light

Up the Spiral Staircase
Lost Lighthouses


    Point Sur Light
    West Point Light
    Presque Isle Light
    Presque Isle North Pierhead Light
    Beavertail Light
    Horton Point Light
    Holland Harbor Light
    Brockton Point Light



    Tybee Island Light
    Cape Arago Light
    Alcatraz Island Light
    Montauk Point Light
    Peggy's Point
    Sandy Hook Light
    Point Cabrillo Light
    Gibraltar Point Light
    Cape Henry Light
    Split Rock Light
    Bald Head Island Light
    Point Atkinson Light
    Point Robinson Light
    Harbour Town Light
    Block Island Southeast Light
    Mukilteo Light

Keepers of the Light
Haunted Lighthouses


    Whitefish Point Light
    Rawley Point Light
    Marblehead Light
    Hilton Head Range Rear Light
    Sanibel Island Light

The Future of Lighthouses
The Statue of Liberty

List of North American Lights
Credits and Acknowledgements

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