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Lighthouse in the Port of Naples by Moonlight by Josef Rebell
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surfgirl66 · 1 day
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Bug Light, Portland, ME
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morning-softness · 23 hours
I wanted to try drawing how I picture the lighthouse in Breathe In The Salt by @squeeneyart. I’ve always imagined it looking a bit like the Petit Minou lighthouse in Plouzane.
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[Image Description: A picture done in coloured pencil. A grey lighthouse with narrow blue windows and a small grey lighthouse-keeper’s hut with a single window sit atop a rocky outcropping. A staircase cut into the rock leads directly down to the dark sea, while a stone bridge arches away to a destination out of the scene. Grey clouds mass in the sky behind the lighthouse. End Description.]
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stjohnstarling · 7 months
Lighthouses are an underrated form of wizard tower. A grey-bearded old man spends all of his time tending to a light that must never go out, for if it does it will bring disaster? What else could that be?
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mjulmjul · 2 months
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The old lighthouse
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Fastnet Rock, Ireland
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Rainy day off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts
Taken September 2022
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The US National Archives have lighthouse plans and maps digitized and available to browse for the years 1793–1939. There is nothing I can do with this information other than look at stuff too complicated for me to understand but that won't stop me from being really, really excited about it.
Also some logbooks from the Coast Guard appear to be digitized but not all. Some climatologists are using historical logbooks for data on clouds and weather patterns in the pre-industrial era, though, so I wonder if we might expect to see more logbooks digitized erelong.
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ipomoea-batatas · 4 months
I absolutely want to hear about the extremely cursed lighthouse 👀
Ok so this lighthouse is called Minot's Ledge Light. Here it is today.
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You may notice that unlike most other lighthouses, it's in the MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN.
It's about a mile or so out from the shore, southeast of Boston Harbor (off the coast of what’s called the South Shore) and it's built into a rock ledge that's just under the water (Minot’s Ledge, after which it’s named. “Minot” was a merchant who lost a very valuable shipment there. Seems kinda fuckin rude to name the ledge after him but whatever).
This ledge, and other rocky ledges nearby, made the area SUPER dangerous before the lighthouse was built. FORTY ships were lost there in less than a decade in the 19th century.
Oh, and folks of an ~age~ might recognize this lighthouse from this famous photo from the blizzard of '78:
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Just to give you an idea of what the weather conditions can be like in the area. (Is this foreshadowing? PROBABLY)
Anyway, building a lighthouse here was obviously high priority. There was a bit of an exposé on the negligence of the Lighthouse Establishment (the gov. dept that was in charge of lighthouses at the time), and the construction of Minot’s Ledge was part of a push to show that the department was taking things more seriously.
As the lighthouse needed to be built ON the ledge, some cutting-edge, never-before-seen lighthouse design was in order. (More foreshadowing?? MAYBE???)
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Isn’t it cute??
(If you notice that it looks nothing like the modern-day lighthouse above...no you don’t. Don’t ruin the story for the rest of the class)
The problem is, Minot’s Ledge itself is only exposed for a few hours at low tide, which obviously presented some problems. No one died building it, but all the equipment was washed away once, and people ALMOST died when they were swept away by currents.
It took years to finish because of the tricky conditions. It was finally finished and lighted on New Year’s in 1850.
It was obvious right away that this design was...not it. The lighthouse would sway violently in rough conditions. (One of the keepers told Henry David Thoreau that bad winds would literally rock their plates off the table.)
The first keeper wrote to the government reporting unsafe conditions, but was ignored. He resigned in October of that year.
The new keeper and his two assistants also reported dangerous conditions. Storms kept weakening the braces, and the structure had to be repaired often. However, every time the authorities came out to inspect the lighthouse it was ALWAYS a calm day, and they were like “idk seems fine?” And continued to ignore safety concerns.
In April of 1851, a storm had kicked up. The keeper had gone to the mainland to restock, but he didn’t make it back before the storm started in earnest. The two assistant lighthouse keepers were left at the light.
This was a BAD storm—nearly a hurricane—that went on for a week. By the fifth day, it looked bleak enough that the assistant keepers released a message in a bottle with their last words.
On day six, the legs of the structure began to fail one at a time. When there were only three legs left, the keepers began to ring the alarm bell continuously for as long as the lighthouse still stood.
By morning, it was completely lost to the ocean.
The two lighthouse keepers’ bodies were later recovered—one had washed ashore nearby, and the other was found on a nearby island a few hundred feet from the mainland. The latter keeper HADN’T died of drowning—he survived and managed to swim to the island, thinking he’d made it to the mainland, only to die of exhaustion and exposure.
Their message in a bottle was found two days later on the North Shore of Boston Harbor. It read: “The beacon cannot last any longer. She is shaking a good three feet each way as I write. God bless you all.”
Here are the ghosty bits:
1) People still say you can hear the bell ringing during bad storms. Once the lighthouse was rebuilt (properly, out of stone this time, which took YEARS—they had to start over at least once when a ship crashed into the structure and took the whole thing out), apparently they had a hard time getting keepers to stay on. They reported hearing the fog bell ringing at odd times, and ghostly figures in the lantern room. Most didn’t make it a year.
2) The lighthouse was automated pretty much as soon as the technology was available, removing the need for lighthouse keepers to live there. But passing ships still reported seeing a man hanging off the side, calling out.
Most people reported that the figure couldn’t be understood, but one Portuguese sailor said that the man was yelling for help in Portuguese. Sure enough, one of the two assistant keepers who perished in the tragedy was Portuguese.
So that’s the story of the cute little “I Love You” lighthouse and the horrible shit that happened there. Sources: This article
This one too
And obviously, Wikipedia. What am I, the pope
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life-spire · 4 months
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Portugal (by Daniel J. Schwarz)
See more of Portugal | Europe.
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the-w0nder-beards · 1 month
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machetelanding · 2 months
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Thridrangaviti Lighthouse in Iceland, the most isolated lighthouse in the world. Built in 1939.
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beenovel · 2 months
Me: *looks up the most obscure search questions imaginable*
Me: why are there no satisfactory results?!?!?!?!
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hrsnowden · 25 days
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Admiralty Head Lighthouse - Washington
Harry Snowden
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Lighthouse in Salvador
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