Sentinel of the Seas: Life and Death at the Most Dangerous Lighthouse Ever Built

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Citadel Press, 2007 - History - 380 pages
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One of the most rugged expanses in the continental U.S., the coast of northern California and Oregon saw frequent shipping disasters in the 19th century, before Congress ordered the construction of lighthouses on such dangerous promontories as Heceta Head, Cape Mendocino and a seaward-trending pile of rocks called St. George Reef. The brave, resourceful engineer who directed the Tillamook Rock lighthouse construction, Alexander Ballantyne, was later engaged for the St. George job, and it's this story that author Powers (Treasure Ship) chronicles here. Without any maps to illustrate it, however, readers will need an atlas to follow the movement of men and ships up and down the coast. Later chapters describing lighthouse life prove less problematic; lighthouse keepers were fascinating, courageous characters (and included a good number of women) who not only kept lights burning and fog horns sounding, but also risked life and limb to rescue people stranded in torrential weather.
 

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SENTINEL OF THE SEAS: Life and Death at the Most Dangerous Lighthouse Ever Built

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Previously untold story of the historic St. George Reef Lighthouse. Positioned six miles off the coast of Northern California, the rock formation that eventually bore the lighthouse was originally an ... Read full review

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User Review  - dickcraig - LibraryThing

This is a great book. The author lives in Oregon and Bloomsbury Bookstore in Ashland, OR featured it. The building of the St. George Reef Lighthouse was an engineering feat hardly rivaled in building ... Read full review

Contents

Into the Dragons Lair
3
The Ghost Ship and the HighWire Act
23
Guarding Lights Over Time
49
Hunting Holes Like Crabs
71
THE YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION
97
Mud River and Paysonville
99
The Angry Seas
117
Vintage Years
139
Lighthouse Life
217
Keepers in Skirts
245
Ghosts in the Towers
267
THE COAST GUARD AND ON
279
St George Duty and Tales
281
Uncommon Courage
321
Abandonmentand Renewal
337
Selected Bibliography
359

The Medieval Tower
155
SURVIVING THE ROCK
173
The First Wickies
175

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Page 364 - National Archives and Records Administration. Guide to Records in the National Archives — Pacific Sierra Region.

About the author (2007)

DENNIS M. POWERS, JD, MBA, is an established author, frequent media guest, and seminar speaker. In addition to creating his own business Web site, he authored and created a computerized legal software forms series (The Power of Attorney Forms series) for both real estate and business transactions.

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