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Public libraries, once proud institutions, are in trouble.
May 24, 2011
How many times did that single beacon of light make it all right with the world?
How many lives did it save?
They are, as E. M. Forster said, "the one orderly product our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths; it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden the best evidence we can give of our dignity.”
In early times lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides to guide the first ships.
So they wouldn't hit land unexpectedly.
In 283, the Egyptians, who were good with monuments, built the great Lighthouse at Alexandria, which stood over 900 ft. and lasted for over 1500 years.
Early lighthouses used wick lamps as a source of light but the light could only travel a few miles.
Along came Frenchman Augutin Fesnel in 1822 with the invention of a lens that used prisms to increase the light.
Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.
But still many are standing tall:
The well-named Torre De Hercules, built by the Romans in the 11th century, renovated in 179, is a Herculean torch at 185 ft. high.
North Carolina's Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, made from over a million bricks, the tallest lighthouse in America, lights up every seven seconds to assist ships through the "graveyard of the Atlantic."
The Madang Lighthouse, built in Papua New Guinea in 1959 as a memorial to the coast watchers during World War II — its flame encased lamp at the top can produce a 1,000,000 candlepower beam.
The Burnham-On-Sea Low Lighthouse in the UK at only 29 ft. high, but tall in stature, built in 1832, provides a white flash every 7.5 seconds from the window at the front in addition to a red, white or blue light.
Order in a chaotic world, safe passage.
Just doing the job they were meant to do.
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What feelings do Lighthouses evoke in you?