The Lighthouse Encyclopedia: The Definitive Reference

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Reference - 274 pages
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Who was Augustine Fresnel? What is a clamshell lens? When was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse moved inland? Where were screw-pile towers used? What is a daymark?

Lighthouse lovers and anyone interested in maritime history will find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions in The Encyclopedia of Lighthouses. This one-stop resource offers an amazing wealth of information about the history of lighthouses, key people associated with lighthouses, lighthouse technology, lighthouse organizations, and specific lighthouses.

Organized in traditional encyclopedia style, this predominantly A-to-Z compendium of information allows readers to easily find the historical fact, famous lighthouse keeper, or lighthouse mechanism they are looking for and then read the pertinent details about that topic. Following is a small sampling of entries covered:

Breakwater light
Hyper-radiant lens
Winslow Lewis
Mercury bath
Stephen Pleasonton
Rear range light
Steamer lantern
Eclipsing light

In addition, a directory of more than 150 lighthouses throughout the world provides key data--date built, tower height, elevation, type of optic, when automated--about each lighthouse plus full details about the lighthouse's history, wartime significance, and current restoration.

Hundreds of beautiful full-color photos of the lighthouses enhance the text, and fascinating archival images of lighthouse keepers, famous lighthouses as they looked in their early years, hurricane wreckage, and other events of historic significance help bring to life the dramatic lighthouse story. Sidebars on subjects such as lighthouse preservation, lighthouse collectibles, and photographing lighthouses also enliven the main text.

This authoritative, visually lavish reference is the only one of its kind and an essential resource for anyone interested in lighthouses.

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User Review  - Gwen Burrow - Goodreads

Read (okay, skimmed) this for novel-writing research. Great photos. Read full review

Review: The Lighthouse Encyclopedia: The Definitive Reference

User Review  - Josh Liller - Goodreads

The title is a bit too lofty, but this is still a good book for learning about lighthouses. The book has three parts: a history of lighthouses, a list of lighthouse terms, and a partial list of ... Read full review


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Ray Jones is the co-author of fourteen best-selling books about lighthouses and several other books on Americana and American history. He has served as an editor at Time-Life Books, as founding editor of Albuquerque Living magazine, writing coach at Southern Living magazine, and founder and publisher of Country Roads Press. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.

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