By Imogen Reed
When automation came to lighthousesAutomation is a given in most fields of endeavor these days. Very few professions or activities are able to avoid it entirely.
|Bell Rock Lighthouse. Wikipedia Commons photo by Derek Robertson|
No wonder such institutions have been immortalized in popular culture.
Thus it is that lighthouses have always been, for the seafaring communities at least, not only a romantic and evocative tradition but also a very real guardian of lives.
Lighthouses and the 20th century
And yet automation was allowed to stride on – and, in many cases, initially and broadly welcomed.
New England's unparalleled legacy of lighthouses
|Portland Head Light, Maine|
New England in particular, as already alluded to, has an unparalleled legacy of lighthouse history. If you are planning to visit the area, don't – whatever you do – leave your guide book behind! A field guide as comprehensive and reliable as Jeremy D'Entremont's brand-new publication will allow you to properly savor the delights of New England lighthouse history.
|Rose Island Light, RI|