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  Lighthouses of Scotland's East Coast
The Northern Lighthouse Board, established by an act of Parliament in 1786, manages the major lighthouses of Scotland and the Isle of Man. For five generations, engineers of the Stevenson family created for the Board a network of elegant and durable lighthouses famous around the world.
In 2005, the property became part of a large waterfront redevelopment project, with the lighthouse to be converted to a conference center and performance space.
The lighthouse is painted white with a broad red horizontal band around the center of the tower and a narrow red band around the gallery; lantern painted fl.
www.unc.edu /~rowlett/lighthouse/scte.htm   (4940 words)

  
 Saudi Aramco World : Scotland's Egyptian Lights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
There, beside the lighthouse on the very edge of the cliff, stood a low, oblong building that did indeed look as if it had been transplanted from the banks of the Nile: Its facade was the series of four pylon-shaped structures typical of ancient Egyptian architecture.
The study of lighthouses, for example, is called "pharology" in English, after the small island of Pharos, off Alexandria, on which the ancient lighthouse was built and from which it took its name.
Scotland's coast is mostly abrupt cliffs buffeted by fierce ocean storms, with the shore a jumble of rocks often hidden at high tide.
www.saudiaramcoworld.com /issue/199005/scotland.s.egyptian.lights.htm   (1550 words)

  
 Northern Lighthouse Board - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Northern Lighthouse Board, also known as the Commissioners of Northern Lights, is the organisation responsible for marine navigation aids around the coastal areas of Scotland and the Isle of Man.
It was formed in 1786 by Act of Parliament to oversee the construction and operation of four Scottish lighthouses (Kinnaird Head, North Ronaldsay, Scalpay and Mull of Kintyre).
It is based in the centre of Edinburgh from where it remotely monitors a network of lighthouses, buoys, beacons, fog signals, and DGPS stations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Northern_Lighthouse_Board   (139 words)

  
 Lighthouses of Scotland
The major coastal lighthouses of Scotland, managed by the Northern Lighthouse Board, are relatively well known to lighthouse fans around the world, but the smaller lights of Scottish harbors, maintained by local harbour authorities, are not well known at all.
The lighthouse is in use, operated by Forth Ports PLC.
The lighthouse at the end of the breakwater is a 17 meter (56 ft) cast iron tower operated by the Peterhead Bay Authority.
www.unc.edu /~rowlett/lighthouse/photos/Scotland1.htm   (570 words)

  
 Undiscovered Scotland: Bookshop: Scottish Lighthouses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Scottish Lighthouses is a beautifully illustrated and insightful tour of 31 magnificent lighthouses, built over the last two centuries to protect ships from the perilous coastline.
Because Scotland has led the way in maintaining lighthouse stations, most of the buildings described here are still both functional and in excellent condition.
This volume recounts the history of 12 rock lighthouses in various parts of the British Isles, how and why they were constructed and of the difficulties that had to be overcome.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk /usbookshop/usbs-lighthouses.html   (636 words)

  
 Lighthouses in Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Lighthouses in Scotland is a link page for any lighthouse in Scotland and its island groups.
The Commissioners for Northern Lights[?] are in charge of many lighthouses in Scotland.
See: List of lighthouses and lightvessels, lightvessel, Lighthouses in England, Lighthouses in Wales, Lighthouses in Northern Ireland[?], Lighthouses in the Republic of Ireland, Alan Stevenson[?], David Stevenson, Robert Stevenson[?], Robert Louis Stevenson
www.city-search.org /li/lighthouses-in-scotland.html   (298 words)

  
 August
Lighthouse keeping was a family project and the position of lighthouse keeper was often passed from generation to generation.
The lighthouse family knew that the safety of those at sea was paramount and often risked their own lives in the midst of terrible storms to keep the light burning.
Many lighthouses were damaged or destroyed during storms, but the family remained at their post, keeping the light shining for the ships to see.
archive.marriage.org /Newsletters/august.html   (3979 words)

  
 Knowledge Base - Lighthouses
The Isle of May Light, at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, is generally regarded as being the earliest lighthouse constructed in Scotland.
Other lighthouses and similar buildings on the Scottish coast, such as bell towers, were simple structures and were built and maintained principally by individual burghs or by local acts of parliament.
The Merchant Shipping Act of 1894 confirmed the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses as the authority for lighthouses in Scotland and the adjacent seas and islands, and the Isle of Man. The Merchant Shipping Act of 1979 freed the Commissioners from the supervision of Trinity House.
www.scan.org.uk /knowledgebase/topics/lighthouses_topic.htm   (545 words)

  
 Southwest Scotland
The 1st Lighthouse I operated from was Mull of Galloway ARLHS # SCO.
The lighthouse is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3.30pm during the months of April to September.
The last lighthouse I visited on the southwest coast of Scotland was Corsewall Point, this is now a hotel.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/m0bnn/Scotland2003.htm   (959 words)

  
 Scotland's Lighthouses | Travel Documentaries | TV, HV, Educational rights | HIGRADE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Scotland is a country of wild, windswept beauty and a rocky broken coastline.
Ancient and modern mariners seeking port in Scotland have been at the mercy of ferocious storms and swirling tides.
Therefore coastal lighthouses are as much a part of the country's culture as bagpipes, whiskey and tartans.
www.higrade.fr /zz223.php4   (92 words)

  
 Documentaries Catalogue | TV, HV, Educational rights | World-wide Sales | HIGRADE
The romance of the lights of Scotland's lighthouses exert a magic hold on the imagination.
Scotland is a country of wild, windswept beauty and a rocky broken coastline, with nearly 800 islands off shore.
Until 1998, when the last beacon has been automated, lightkeepers took care of the lighthouses, which are as much a part of the country's culture as bagpipes, whiskey and tartans.
www.viaducvideo.com /english/synopsis.php4?A_NumPrgrm=79   (133 words)

  
 Undiscovered Scotland: Bookshop: Orkney
They are accompanied by an informative text and give an insight into the history of the companies that have served Orkney and Shetland over the past two hundred years as well as the ships that have plied the sometimes treacherous waters of the North Sea.
This text focuses on the way in which the Vikings made Scotland the centre of a great sea-faring kingdom and how their influence can still be felt in Orkney and Shetland.
The common factors and differences between Orkney and Shetland are charted against the competing influences of Scandinavia and Scotland.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk /usbookshop/usbs-orkney.html   (1407 words)

  
 Orkney Islands, Tour Scotland.
Orkney (Exploring Scotland's Heritage) This work is part of the "Exploring Scotland's Heritage" series which provides an introduction to the archaeological heritage of Scotland.
Historical Guides) The Orkney Islands lie 20 miles north of mainland Scotland and were first given to the country as compensation for non-payment of a queen's dowry in 1472.
This books discusses all 21 major lighthouses in the area most of which were built by the famous Stevenson family of lighthouses.
www.visitdunkeld.com /orkney-islands.htm   (610 words)

  
 Maughold Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in the Isle of Man
Maughold Lighthouse was completed in 1914, by Alan Stevenson, 200 feet up on the cliffs on the most Eastern point on the Isle of Man. The light guards the rocks on Maughold Head, together with the Point of Ayre supplementing guidance around Bahama Bank, a sandbank off Ramsey Bay.
The lighthouse has a battery back-up system, often called into use when the overhead power lines were blown down in the winter storms; however, all mains services are now underground.
The lighthouse, similar to all those on the island, was automated in the early 1990's, and is maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
homepages.manx.net /maugholdlighthouse   (252 words)

  
 Internet Public Library: Lighthouses: A Photographic Journey
The lighthouse keepers' cottages can be rented and there was a family staying there for a week with three young children, who were playing on the rocks near the edge of the water.
Henry was a lighthouse keeper and he showed us pictures of many of the lighthouses where he had served, several of which we had visited on the tour.
The Portpatrick Lighthouse was built in 1836 and is a small brick tower on the sea wall in the harbor.
www.ipl.org /div/light/Forty-fourth.html   (9658 words)

  
 Watercolor prints of lighthouses
Chanonry Lighthouse was a one man station on the Black Isle where the Moray Firth narrows between Chanonry Point and Fort George.
The lighthouse is situated at Scrabster on the west side of Thurso Bay.
It is the tallest lighthouse in Scotland and marks a reef of roacks some 11 miles south-west of Tiree.
www.worldlights.com /world/paint.html   (744 words)

  
 Cape Wrath Durness Scottish Highlands
From the original four lighthouses the number of lights administered throughout Scotland, the adjacent seas and islands and the Isle of Man (which was brought within the Board's jurisdiction in 1815), has increased to 191 of which 50 are permanently manned and 141 unmanned.
For the relief of Rock Lighthouses, delivery of stores (oil, paint, machinery spares etc) to rocks and stations where road access is difficult the Board has three ships (lighthouse tenders), and a helicopter on contract to carry out these tasks.
The Northern Lighthouse Board is one of the three Lighthouse Authorities in the United Kingdom and Ireland and the costs of running the three Services are met from a General Lighthouse Fund.
www.capewrath.org.uk /Lighthouse.htm   (1406 words)

  
 Butt of Lewis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
In June 1859, the quotation submitted by John Barr and Co of Ardrossan, amounting to £4,900 ("….dwelling house in brick and with lead roofs considered to be indispensable in view of the remoteness and exposure of the situation…..") was accepted.
When the lighthouse was built in the 1860s, there were no easy methods of transporting supplies within the island of Lewis due to the poor road system which existed at that time.
Stevenson was educated at the High School in Edinburgh and went on to construct some thirty lighthouses during his tenure as Engineer to the Northern Lighthouse Board, a post in which he succeeded his brother Alan in 1853.
www.iomairtnis.com /butt_of_lewis.htm   (1056 words)

  
 Eilean Glas Lightouse, Scalpay.com a community website for the Isle of Scalpay in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) ...
Eilean Glas Lightouse was one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland and the first in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) and the whole west coast of Scotland.
The first lighthouse keeper was Alexander Reid who came in 1789 and stayed for 35 years.
As the lighthouse was in an isolated area, the inhabitants needed to be virtually self sufficient.
www.virtualhebrides.com /scalpay/scalpay/scalpay_history/lighthouse   (413 words)

  
 Bellrock.org.uk : Stevensons : RLS, Erraid and Dubh Artach
Certainly, this lighthouse never reached (in publishing terms) the giddy heights of his grandfather's "Account of the Bell Rock Light House" (1824), a large quarto volume of some 531 pages with several appendices and engravings; or for that matter his uncle's book on the building of Skerryvore (1848).
Thanks to a joint venture of the RLS Silverado Museum and Old Monterey Preservation Society, both in California, and the Northern Lighthouse Board and Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, in Scotland, the manuscript (in the possession of The Huntingdon Library, San Marino, California) was finally published in 1995.
The lighthouse settlement scarce encroached beyond its fences; over the top of the first brae the ground was all virgin, the world all shut out, the face of things unchanged by any of man's doings.
www.bellrock.org.uk /stevensons/stevenson_erraid.htm   (1375 words)

  
 Powell's Books - Scottish Lighthouses by Sharma Krauskopf
Scotland, a land best known for its kilts, whiskies, and bagpipes, has a breathtaking coastline and awe-inspiring islands.
This lavishly illustrated book is a tour of thirty-one of the most magnificent lighthouses built in Scotland over the past 200 years.
Scottish Lighthouses is an excellent memento of Scotland's lighthouse legacy, for visitors and lighthouse aficionados alike.
www.powells.com /cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=62-076270943x-0   (207 words)

  
 Heartland - Petra's Scotland pages - lighthouses
I have to admit, that I had always a special lliking for those architectural masterpieces that are not only esthetically beautiful but also essential engineering machines to guide ships along the dangerous cliffs and reefs throughout hundreds of years, not seldom being the only signal visible for seamen.
I want to start this section of the Heartland pages by introducing a few of the numerous Scottish lighthouses, like the tallest (Skerryvore) and the first one (Isle of May) and furthermore provide you with some more useful links to brilliant websites.
He wasn't into engineering and building lighthouses like his father Thomas Stevenson (1818 - 1887), grandfather Robert (1772 - 1850) and many others of the Stevenson dynasty.
www.albamusic.net /lighthouses.html   (279 words)

  
 Of Scottish Lighthouses,Pirate Legends and Robert Louis Stevenson
There was only one permanent lighthouse, on the Isle of May. It was little more that a coal fire that was often extinguished by rain just when it was needed most.
In her book that chronicles the lighthouses of Scotland, Bella Bathurst calls this family "The Lighthouse Stevensons." Robert's mother had married Thomas Smith after her husband was swindled on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean and died while sailing in hot pursuit of the robbers.
With many lighthouses in service it was sometimes possible to see more than one at a time, so he used different rotation rates for each light's beam.
www.johnshepler.com /articles/lighthouses.html   (1534 words)

  
 No More Paraffin-Oilers - details from Whittles Publishing
This long-awaited new edition of an established best-selling title brings the story of lighthouses in Scotland up to date now that the task of automation is finished.
He provides fascinating detail about the lighthouses themselves, their construction and the development of the Service.
It now includes the final days of the NLB lighthouse automation programme, new photographs, a splendid aerial shot of the red and white banded tower at Buchan Ness to catch one's eye on the cover...
www.users.globalnet.co.uk /~whittl/nautical/bibfacts/paraffin.html   (433 words)

  
 Lighthouse Related Links
Lighthouse was recently moved inland to save it from erosion.
Visit one of the tallest lighthouses in the nation open to the public for a scenic view of the Daytona Beach area.
Lighthouse advocacy organization which lobbies extensively for greater recognition, appreciation, and funding for lighthouse preservation.
www.lanternroom.com /misc/lhlinks.htm   (1117 words)

  
 UKBookworld.com old, rare and out-of-print book database
Before the seventeenth century only a small number of lighthouses had been attempted in England, and it was not until the eighteenth century that they became widespread.
However, Turnour was more interested in becoming a Member of Parliament than managing his lighthouses, as suggested by his swift leasing out here to one Edward Smith of London, and the Orford lights fell into neglect, only to be rebuilt and renewed in the early eighteenth century.
Marcus and Kelly explain and show the technological evolution of lighthouses, the development of lights and lenses, the architecture of lighthouses, their construction and maintenance on remote sites, the life of the Lighthouse Service keepers, and the movement today to preserve and restore lights.
www.ukbookworld.com /cgi-bin/search.pl?s_i_keywords=Lighthouses   (1648 words)

  
 Scotland's Lighthouses - A Video Documentary
Scotland's lighthouses are in a period of great transition.
The sixty minute documentary focuses on some of the creative ways the people of Scotland are employing these historic operating landmarks.
The producer's spent 5 weeks in the early and late summer touring and photographing lighthouses, visiting 36 in all.....
www.scottishradiance.com /morganprem.htm   (159 words)

  
 Bellrock.org.uk : Misc : Links
Northern Lighthouse Board - The Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses are the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man
World Lighthouse Society - The WLS was formed in September 2002 to encourage communication and co-operation amongst all lighthouse organisations and enthusiasts around the world.
Association of Lighthouse Keepers - A society whose aim is to sustain interest in lighthouses and floating lights among ex-lightkeepers and enthusiasts
www.bellrock.org.uk /misc/misc_links.htm   (444 words)

  
 Places to Visit - Tantallon Castle
Like all the lighthouses around Scotland's shores, it is now automated and no longer manned by the keepers.
It was probably built in the middle of the 14th century by William Douglas, who was related to "Good Sir James" who had fought with Robert the Bruce.
Afterwards, the Earl of Angus moved to Lanarkshire and the castle and barony were sold to Sir Hew Dalrymple, Lord President of the Court of Session but he allowed the castle to decay further.
www.rampantscotland.com /visit/blvisittantallon.htm   (747 words)

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