Again, this post started out from something completely different! I was looking at all our ocean posts and because if it heaps of lighthouses kept coming up! So I decided to pull together a collection of Lighthouse Bullet journal ideas and Layouts and Spreads for inspiration! If you want to see the ocean spreads that inspired this post – there are 50+ of them!
So what interesting facts can I find about Lighthouses?
- The first lighthouse was Egypt’s Pharos of Alexandria, built in the third century BC. The lighthouse of Alexandria was made from a fire on a platform to signal the port entrance.
- The United States is home to more lighthouses than any other country.
- The world’s oldest existing lighthouse is considered to be Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that marks the entrance of Spain’s La Coruña harbor. The lighthouse, which was erected in the first century, is still operational.
- The most expensive lighthouse built in America is St. George Reef, near Crescent City, California. It took 10 years to construct and cost $715,000.
- Lighthouse keeping was one of the first U.S. government jobs available to women, going back to the 19th century.
- Despite advances in technology, lighthouses are still considered aids to navigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Towers are given different colors and patterns — diamonds, spirals and stripes, for example — to distinguish them from each other. For example, a lighthouse may be painted all white if its surroundings/background is dark. The red and white stripes help the mariner identify the lighthouse if it’s up against a white background, such as cliffs or rocks.
- Lighthouses in fairly close proximity to each other have different flash patterns to allow the mariner to identify their location. Some lighthouses in different geographical areas share the same flash patterns
- These days, lighthouses are run by machines and remote monitoring. The automatic sensors decide if there is extra moisture in the air, and if so turn on the fog signals. Radio signals are used to communicate with the ships. But when the technology was not so advanced the lighthouses were run by lighthouse keepers.