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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 beautifully 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. The book is rich too in the human drama of the lighthouse keeper's life, and tells stirring tales of the daily hazards of storm, fire and shipwreck, and of the courageous rescue of drowning mariners from tumultuous seas. The author closes by looking at the future of lighthouses now that technological advances have made manned lighthouses a thing of the past, and discusses the role of tourism in the conservation and preservation of these remarkable buildings. It is illustrated throughout with spectacular colour photographs. Beacon on the Rock was previously published by Aurum Press. This is its first paperback edition.Biografía del autor:
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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Descripción Birlinn Ltd. Paperback. Condición: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Nº de ref. del artículo: 2781228677
Descripción Birlinn Publishers, 2004. Condición: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. del artículo: GRP95675739
Descripción Birlinn Publishers, 2004. Condición: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. del artículo: GRP78299522
Descripción Birlinn Publishers, 2004. Condición: Good. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. del artículo: GRP97583864
Descripción Birlinn Publishers, 2004. Condición: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. del artículo: GRP97545427
Descripción Paperback. Condición: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. del artículo: GOR001858266
Descripción Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh, 2004. Softback. Condición: Very Good. The Dramatic History of Lighthouses from Ancient Greece to the Present Day. Contents clean and bright, with vibrant illustrations throughout. Overall very good; presents well. 190pp. Nº de ref. del artículo: 091102
Descripción Birlinn Ltd 2004-01-01, 2004. Paperback. Condición: Very Good. All books are pre-owned and will have been read by someone else before you. They may well show signs of minor wear and tear. Please note, cover images are illustrative only, and the actual book cover and edition can vary. Nº de ref. del artículo: 9781841583204-21