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What is a lighthouse?

During ancient times, ships and sailors were guided into ports by fires built on hilltops.  In order to increase visibility, the fires were placed on platforms.  These were the beginnings of lighthouses.

While ancient lighthouses served to mark entrances to ports, modern lighthouses also serve as markers for dangerous coastlines and as warnings of hazardous reefs and peninsulas.  Modern lighthouses now are typically towers or buildings designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses.  They are used as navigational aids at sea or inland waterways.

Due to new navigation systems, the use of lighthouses has declined in recent years.

Right:  Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Png  235 x 239
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Did you know....

that volcanoes and trees were used in the past as landmarks for navigation?

Built first in Egypt....

In the 3rd century BC, someone in ancient Alexandria, Egypt got a great idea to help with ship navigation.  He suggested that stones be piled high on top of a hill.  A white marble tower was built 450 feet high and a bright fire was lit on top.  The tower had 300 rooms for slaves and the lighthouse keepers.  It was called the Pharos of Alexandria and it was a huge success since ships were no longer crashing onto rocks.  This structure warned sailors for 1500 years until an earthquake destroyed it.

Did you know....

"Pharos" is the Greek world for a lighthouse?  People who study lighthouses are called "pharologists".

 

Lighthouse - 2
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Lighthouse - 3
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Old Sodus Bay Lighthouse (New York State)

Warning and welcoming ships and sailors to Sodus Bay, New York, this lighthouse was built in 1871, and was a replacement for an earlier conical design lighthouse.  At a cost of $14,000, the lighthouse was built out of limestone mined at the Kingston quarries.  It is equipped with a fourth order Fresnel lens.

The lighthouse ceased working and the lens removed in 1901.  

In 1977 the lighthouse was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and the lighthouse was given to the town of Sodus in 1984 and dedicated in 1985 as a maritime museum. The Fresnel lens was returned to the tower in 1988.

 

Sodus Point - 1

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Sodus Point - 2
Photographed 2015

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Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Located at the northern breakwater protecting the Chicago Harbour to the east of Navy Pier and the mouth of the Chicago River stands the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.

It was constructed in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition and moved to its present site in 1919.  It has an 111 foot tall skeletal cast iron lighthouse tower and a Third Order Fresnel lends.  

This lighthouse structure has several levels including a concrete base and two red-roofed buildings with a tapered white cylinder between them which is topped by a parapet and the light itself.  The City of Chicago designated the lighthouse as a Chicago Landmark in 2003.

 

 

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse - 1

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Chicago Harbor Lighthouse - 2
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Chatham Light (Chatham, Cape Cod)

Also known as Twin Lights prior to 1923, this conical lighthouse can be found in Chatham, Massachusetts, near the "elbow" of Cape Cod.

The lighthouse was established in 1808, the second light on Cape Code.  Its original lens was a 4th order Fresnal lens.The former keepers house is currently an active U.S. Coast Guard Station.  The Chatham Light was added to the National Register of Historic Place as Chatham Light Station in June 1987.

 

Chatham Light    [Lighthouse-1]
Photographed  2013

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Portland Head Lighthouse (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  It stands within the 90-acre Fort Williams Park.  The light stands on an outcropping of land at the southern side of the entrance into Portland Harbor, within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine.

Completed in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine.

 

Portland Head Lighthouse

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