Lighthouses in Europe and North America

Although lighthouses have been around awhile they really only came into their own in the 18th century, and now most have been retired due to modern navigational GPS systems.

European Lighthouses

The Puffin Island Lighthouse on the Anglesey Peninsula in Wales.The Puffin Island Lighthouse in Anglesey Peninsula in WalesSomeone posted an old photo of this same lighthouse in somewhat rougher weather than we were experiencing!A photo of the The Puffin Island Lighthouse in Anglesey Peninsula in somewhat rougher weather than we had!At the lighthouse on Fanad Head in Ireland, the other visitor commented, “There’s a wee sharpness to the wind here.”Fanad Head lighthouse in IrelandThe Loop Head Lighthouse, also in Ireland, was erected in 1670, and allowed us to go inside and see some of the inner workings.Lighthouse in Petit Fort Philippe in France.Lighthouse in Petit Fort Philippe in FranceWe used this map of the lighthouses (faros) on the north coast of Spain to do some lighthouse hopping.
Map of the Lighthouses (Faros) near Viveiro, SpainOne of the many lighthouses on the north coast of Spain
.Lighthouse on the north coast of SpainFresnel glass, used in lighthouse beacons, in a glass exhibit in Holland.
Fresnel glass, used in lighthouse beacons, is part of this glass exhibit in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam, HollandDad’s painting of the Pharos Lighthouse in Rhodos, Greece. This ancient lighthouse acted more as an entrance marker than to warn of dangerous shoals.Dad's painting of the Pharos Lighthouse in Rhodos, Greece

Pacific Coast Lighthouses

Mukilteo Lighthouse in Washington state, USA.Mukilteo Lighthouse in WashingtonThe light from the now-decommissioned lighthouse in the Fort Casey State Park Museum in Washington. Every lighthouse along the Washington coast had a different configuration of lights. Before GPS, lost navigators could tell exactly where they were by checking their ‘lighthouse code’ book.Lighthouse Light in the Fort Casey State Park MuseumThis map shows why lighthouses are so important – look at all the shipwrecks in this relatively small section of Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada.Map of shipwrecks off a relatively small part of the coast of Vancouver Island, CanadaSheringham Point Lighthouse on Vancouver Island is now a Canadian Heritage site.Sheringham Point Lighthouse on Vancouver IslandMore on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two-Syllable ‘L’ Word.

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5 responses to “Lighthouses in Europe and North America

  1. I’ve seen that first one with the rough weather before. I always wondered how it’s managed to stay standing so long. And what about the poor lighthouse keeper?
    Even today, we can still navigate by the lighthouses if we need to. GPS makes it all so much easier, but nice to have a backup plan.

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