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Mise Tales Twelve

  For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One. Do You Want to Buy a Foghorn? Aberdeen’s Torry Coo on the market for £5,000Buyers lining up for foghorn Published: 28/09/2012 Evening Express A famous foghorn in Aberdeen has sparked a bidding war between prospective buyers desperate to own a piece of […]

Incidents at Sisters & Ballenas Islands c. 1920s

– Elizabeth Kate (Stannard) Smithman (Wife of Henry Herbert Smithman who was Senior Keeper at Sisters Island 1927 – 1929). Story donated by her grandson Allen Smithman.  A Near Miss at Sisters Island c. 1928  One evening while I was taking the night watch till 2:30 a.m. I was sitting writing a letter and all at once […]

Manual – 1970 Rules and Instructions for Lighthouse-Keepers

Published in 1970, this book laid down the rules and regulations for Lighthouse-Keepers. It was the LAW! Unfortunately I do not have the cover for it. If anyone out there has a cover photo of the book please send it to me. It was a white 8-1/2 x 11 plastic covered book with a black […]

Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape

 Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape Technology and politics are changing the tune of the maritime chorus April 20, 2012 | 3:46 PM | By Craig Miller and with thanks to Climate Watch Read the full text version of this story at KQED’s QUEST site. (more photos – retlkpr) East Brother Island, with the 19th-century lighthouse on the left and fog signal […]

‘F’ Type Diaphone Foghorn c. 1969

– John Coldwell (assistant Keeper to Walt Tansky on Pulteney Point 1969 – 1972) The diaphone is a unique organ pipe. The theory was based on a design for the Wurlitzer pipe organ invented by Robert Hope-Jones dating from 1895. A special tone generator in the organ involved a piston vibrating inside a cylinder, which […]

Book – 1855 Lights for Lighthouses

This book first published in 1855 is a copy of the original produced by the Chance Brothers factory. From the handwritten prices and information, it appears to be a salesman’s copy which would have been given to the prospective buyer. As each light was specifically made for one location only, then this would have been […]

Manual – 1953 Rules and Instructions for Lighthouse-Keepers

Published in 1953, this book laid down the rules and regulations for Lighthouse-Keepers. It was the LAW! Download the complete book here in PDF format (14.5 MBs – right click the link for more options) If you wish to print the book, the published size was 6.5″ x 9.25″ (16.5 x 23.25 cms.)  (Possible)Related posts: […]

Manual – 1912 Rules and Instructions for Lighthouse-Keepers

Published in 1912, this book laid down the rules and regulations for Lighthouse-Keepers. It was the LAW!   Download the complete book here in PDF format (4.25 MBs – right click the link for more options) If you wish to print the book, the published size was 6.5″ x 9.25″ (16.5 x 23.25 cms.)  (Possible)Related […]

Manual – 1875 Rules and Instructions for Lighthouse-Keepers

Published in 1875, this book laid down the rules and regulations for Lighthouse-Keepers. It was the LAW! Download the complete book here in PDF format (13.3 MBs – right click the link for more options) If you wish to print the book, the published size was 6.5″ x 9.25″ (16.5 x 23.25 cms.)  (Possible)Related posts: […]

Fairbanks Morse Type “N” Gasoline Engine c. 1900s

– With thanks to Harry F. Mathews and his Harry’s Old Engine website for permission to reprint this old information on how to fire-up the old Fairbanks Morse gasoline engines of the 1900s.  The following text is borrowed with permission from Harry’s Old Engine website. I never had the chance to work with these monstrous engines and […]