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What about Lake Champlain?
on June 11, 2012
Though this book offers many fine photographs and nicely written histories, it is incredibly misleading in its coverage. With a title like "Lighthouses of New York" one would think they were picking up a book that includes a thorough inventory of the state's beacons, or at least a fair representation of the state as a whole. An excerpt from the back cover description states that this book is "your essential guide to maritime beacons in the Empire State." Hogwash.
In truth, there are more than 60 lighthouses in New York; this book only covers 33 of them (one of which was demolished in 1948). So maybe the reader could accept that this is just a sampling, except for the fact that they have entirely omitted the Lake Champlain Region. On the New York shore of the lake are 8 very historic and relevant lighthouses, none of which are even acknowledged in this book. A large portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway is ignored as well, with another 7 lighthouses being left out. Both Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence have long been major transportation routes, moving goods and passengers along the state's northern borders.
I don't know whether these omissions were an intentional slight by the authors or if they are just ignorant to the fact that New York State continues north of the Thruway. In any case, the book was a disappointment. If you are seeking an accurate representation of the state, and information on the real breadth of New York's historical navigational markers, then I would not recommend this book.