Lighthouses & Ships



The information presented in this section of the Coast Guard Wive's Website was found at the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office and has been replicated here with the pictures resized to allow for easier viewing. We found the information under the Lighthouses & Lightships section and it took us close to an hour on an Internet Frame Relay to receive it. On a 28.8 or 33.6 modem that translates to about 3.5 hours. It was in the section labeled Teachers: a Guide to Teaching About Lighthouses, Kindergarten Through the Fourth Grade.

While attempting to view the information, we discovered that it took FAR FAR too long to receive the whole document since the pictures were not optimized for the internet but we felt that many are interested in this topic and rightly so since it is a large part of Coast Guard history. We want to ensure everyone understands that we simply replicated the information and have not modified it beyond making it fit into the necessary space and optimizing the photographs.

Throughout this section, if you wish to view the larger image, simply click on the image displayed. A new window will open allowing the picture to be displayed in it's entirety.

One final note, we take NO credit for the information creation.

BJ n Cindy
Section 01 The Story of the Lighthouse
Section 02 What is a lighthouse?
Do all lighthouses look alike?
Section 03 Where are lighthouses located?
Section 04 How could one lighthouse be distinguished from another?
What happens in fog when the light isn't visible?
Section 05 What fuels produced light?
Section 06 When were the first lighthouses built in the U.S.?
Section 07 What is the difference between a lighthouse and a light station?
Section 08 What were the duties of the lighthouse keepers?
Section 09 What part of the government controlled lighthouses?
Section 10 What is the most important aspect of the lighthouse?
Section 11 What is happening to lighthouses at present?
Section 12 Lighthouse Facts
Section 13 Bibliography
Section 14 Glossary
The U.S. Lighthouse Society originally designed this packet to furnish teachers with basic information about lighthouses, their purpose, history, operation and technology in a form presentable to young students. with the society's permission the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office is posting this modified version with additional photographs and information.

The U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office would like to thank Mr. Wayne Wheeler and the other members of The U.S. Lighthouse Society who produced and distributed the original version of this curriculum.

For more information on lighthouses, teachers and students should contact The U.S. Lighthouse Society, 244 Kearny Street, San Francisco, Ca 94108 or consult the lighthouse web pages on The U.S. Coast Guard Historian's web site.