Beacon on the Rock: The Dramatic History of Lighthouses from Ancient Greece to the Present Day

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Since men first ventured out on perilous journeys across the sea attempts have been made to guide them safely home again. In the face of terrible odds and in the most inhospitable and treacherous environments, human skill, resourcefulness and resolve have provided the mariner with signposts of the sea. The people who designed and built lighthouses were no less heroic than the courageous individuals who manned and maintained them.
This illustrated book traces the development of lighthouses from earliest times to the present day. It covers the technological advances made in light and lens systems, and describes the extraordinary feats of design and engineering that enabled lighthouses such as Eddystone and Skerryvore to be constructed.

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Peter Williams has been fascinated with lighthouses all his life. After running the family engineering business and sailing small boats, he decided to make lighthouse research his career. He has operated a light vessel as a floating museum and acted as a lighthouse attendant for Trinity House, London. He publishes Leading Lights: the International Lighthouse Journal and writes and broadcasts to share his passion for lighthouses and promote their preservation.

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