If you were a sailor outside of the last 40 years then lighthouses must have meant many things not to mention sanctuary, warning, and civilization. Now these beacons are primarily obsolete. Here is a look back to when they were lifesavers as well as seven lighthouse facts from the world-renowned leader in lighthouse trivia.
2. A lightship is actually a floating lighthouse. They were stationed in areas where it was too expensive or too dangerous to build a lighthouse.
3. The Pharos of Alexandria was the first ever recorded lighthouse. Built in 285 BC apparently no one determined it was important enough to document it through photography. It was destroyed by an earthquake 1302.
4. Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state shinning in with 124 beacons (Some liberal lighthouse statisticians place the number at 130).
5. A lightship is actually a floating lighthouse and were stationed in areas where it was too expensive or too dangerous to build a lighthouse. There are only a 14 lightships left in existence.
6. Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine was completed in 1791, making it the first lighthouse completed by the new federal government. However, construction of the lighthouse had been started by the State of Massachusetts under the orders of Gov. John Hancock. At that time, Maine was part of Massachusetts.
7. Surprisingly I have never acquired a lighthouse but if I do I anticipate it will actually be a lightship.