Lighthouse: An Illuminating History of the World's Coastal Sentinels is packed with extraordinary stories of human
innovation, desperate shipwrecks, builders defying the elements and
heroic sea rescues. Through more than 350 gorgeous vintage images and
historic details, Lighthouse brings the golden age of seafaring alive.
With rare archival blueprints and stories of daring adventure, Lighthouse
captures the romance and awe-inspiring history of these isolated,
life-saving towers, along with the incredible feats of engineering and
invention it took to create them. Beginning in the 18th century and
ending in the mid-19th century, this book examines these iconic
buildings from every angle, chronicling the evolution of lighthouse
design; the tremendous obstacles overcome during construction and
upkeep; the thrilling tales of heroism and mercilessness of the seas;
and the daily lives of the dedicated and often long-suffering keepers.
With over 350 illustrations, this seasonless gift book provides the
tales and original architectural plans for beloved lighthouses found
throughout the world, including Eddystone, Sandy Hook, Montauk Point,
Stannard Rock, Borkum Grosser, Green Point, Tillamook Rock, Cape
Hatteras, Erie Harbor, and many more.
"Filled with incredible stories, archival blueprints, and vintage photographs, this book is - in one word - illuminating."—The Columbian