“Imagine a world in which there are no lighthouses and never have been any. Such a place would have few explorers or mariners. Being lost at sea was then as it is now a matter of life and death.”
In our modern age with overnight “shipping” it’s hard to imagine a world that depended on ships. Yet even today we recognize the importance of trade. Lighthouses were the cornerstones of the maritime industry as navigational tools.
More than 60 countries will be celebrating International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, August 21-22. This is the 25th anniversary of the event.
Lighthouse Encyclopedia by Jay Jones
Completed in 1902, Blackhead Lighthouse is perched on a high cliff in Northern Ireland. It is one the of 12 the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. The Keeper’s cottage is available for rent. Blackhead has seen and guided all the great ships of Belfast’s shipping glory days including the Titanic.
The first application for the lighthouse was refused by the Irish Commissioner of Lights because it would only benefit shipping entering Belfast and should not be funded by the general Mercantile Marine Fund. After discussions in the House of Commons, the Board of Trade and Trinity House agreed to cover the estimated cost of funding for the lighthouse and fog horn.
According to the Navy League, no industry has been more vital to the economy of the United States than that of America's maritime industry. Lighthouses were once the cornerstone of maritime industry.
Recognizing the importance of lighthouses, President George Washington signed an Act for the establishment and support of Lighthouses on August 7, 1789. The federal government assumed responsibility for all lighthouses in the United States. Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton oversaw the act.
During the month of August, get a free lighthouse calendar with the purchase of a lighthouse print. While quantities last.