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Lighthouses may stand watchfully over serene waters one day and be bombarded by immense waves the next. They may look out on the most spectacular views, mark the entrance to a busy harbour or be placed in some of the world's most desolate locations. To seafarers they are guiding lights in dangerous waters, but, once decommissioned, they can acquire an air of mystery.
They are the most strictly functional of all civilian buildings and yet they can be surprisingly beautiful and varied in design. Are they square, cylindrical or octagonal? Are they single structures or towers on top of other buildings? Are they made of wood, stone, brick, or concrete? Are they coloured with stripes or bands?
From Lake Michigan to the Arctic Circle, from the British Isles to Brazil, Lighthouses celebrates more than 200 structures and the stunning vistas that surround them. Taking examples from all around the world, the book features an immense array of operating and disused lighthouses from the 18th century to the present day, from those marking ocean coastlines to structures besides lakes and on rivers, from lighthouses cloaked in ice to Art Deco classics to tilting structures abandoned in sand dunes.
Presented in a handy pocket-sized format, Lighthouses is arranged geographically, with more than 200 colour photographs and captions explaining the construction, operation and history of each entry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 163 x 124 x 20mm | 350g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860975
  • 9781838860974
  • 1,464,267

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Michigan City, Michigan City, Indiana, USA
Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead, Ohio, USA
Portland Head in South Portland Maine, USA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Port Washington Breakwater, Wisconsin, USA
St. Joseph North Pier, Saint Joseph, Michigan, USA
Alcatraz Island, California, USA Point Sur, California, USA
Point Reyes, Marin County, California
Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada
Louisberg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Race Rocks Light, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
California Lighthouse, Aruba, Caribbean
Texel, Netherlands
Vuurtoren Breskens, Netherlands
Rubjerg Knude, Denmark Hailuoto, Finland
Roker, Sunderland, England
Seaham, County Durham, England
Hartland Point, Devon, England
Whiteford, Gower Peninsula, Wales
Talacre, North Wales
Povoa do Varzim, Portugal
Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendee, France
Ploumanach, Brittany, France
Kermorvan, Finistere Brittany, France
Stromboli, Italy
Ancona, Italy Genoa, Italy
Rabat, Morocco
Chumbe Island, Zanzibar
Aniva Rock, Sakhalin Island, Russia
Pantai-Kok, Langkawi Malaysia
Joyato, Japan
Castle Point, Wairarapa New Zealand
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Review quote

Beautiful photos of the maritime world's wonders * Nautilus Telegraph *
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About David Ross

David Ross specialises in maritime, engineering and railway history and he has written and contributed to numerous books on these subjects. His most recent books are Abandoned Industrial Places, Rail Journeys, Bridges, Coast, Lighthouses, Ships Visual Encyclopedia, The Essential Naval Identification Guide: Submarines 1914-Present, Great Warships and The World's Greatest Battleships.
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