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The Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses: 750+ Lighthouses, Lightships, and Life-Saving Stations You Can Visit Today! Paperback – February 28, 2012

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Joe Follansbee is the author of seven books, including Shipbuilders, Sea Captains and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona, The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History, and The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses. He runs a companion website to the Fyddeye Guide at www.fyddeye.com. He also works as the communications director for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. He has written a novel for young adults, Bet: Stowaway Daughter, based on his research into Pacific Northwest maritime history. He lives in Seattle with his wife, two daughters, four chickens, and a rat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Fyddeye (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984905405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984905409
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've loved science fiction ever since I wrote my first Star Trek fanfic story at age 12. Now, I'm pursuing my dream of writing science fiction novels, but with a modern emphasis on our planet's changing climate. I'm working on a series of novels titled Carbon Run, Restoration, and Antarctica 2261. I hope to publish these by 2017.

I've already published a young adult novel, titled Bet: Stowaway Daughter, based on my research into the history of the schooner Wawona. I've told the ship's story in Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona, and the ebook Blowing Out the Stink: Life on a Lumber and Cod Schooner 1897-1947.

My interest in maritime history spurred me to publish two travel guides: The Fyddeye Guide to America's Maritime History, and The Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses. I've also written three books on streaming media.

I live in Seattle with my wife, a chicken, and a weakness for anything with too much sugar.

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This book is an excellent source of American Lighthouses. It gives a brief description of each light, and whether you can visit it. It is divided by state which is very helpful. We have visited over 250 lighthouses. This will assist us in finding the rest!
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I purchased a quantity of these guides for sale in a bookstore affiliated with the Assateague Lighthouse. I am still trying to get over the inaccuracies and inconsistencies in just one listing. Being most familiar with the history of the Assateague Lighthouse, you can imagine my dismay when this "guide" informed me that the lighthouse in question was built in 1967 and was automated in 1965 (How is that even possible? In FACT, the construction on the lighthouse was started in 1860 and due to a delay caused by the Civil War, it was not completed till 1867. This is just the first of many incorrect statements in just ONE listing. I invite all lighthouse fans to check for other inaccuracies and do a public service by reviewing here. It is a shame, as this is an attractive book, but some fact checking and proofreading would have gone a long way to making it useful. Only awarded one star since I cannot give zero.
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This is an excellent guide to lighthouses across the United States! We have visited lighthouses from Cape Hatteras north to Massachusetts, across the Great Lakes, and of course the Pacific Northwest (Point No Point Lighthouse and West Point Lighthouse in western Washington are favorites) as well as a few down the west coast as far south as the old Point Loma Light. I wish we would have had Joe Follansbee's book years ago! His "Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses" introduces the reader to lighthouses by region, then by state, in an orderly manner which makes them easy to find. Not only that, he includes lightships and life-saving stations as well as lighthouse and maritime festivals across the country. If you find something he might have missed, drop him a line via his website at [...] and he'll update the website and the next edition of the book. All in all, this is a great guidebook and well worth your time if you are even remotely interested in lighthouses. When we travel now, this book goes with us!
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I love this book! I'm a serious lighthouse fan, and this book lists all the lighthouses in the US, with brief information about their history, location, and whether or not you can visit. Being new the area where I'm living, I've used it to explore some of the wonderful lighthouses on our Pacific coast, and it makes me want to go on a major tour, marking them all off as I go. The book is current, clear, and handy. I've found myself reading about lighthouses around the country, imagining some of their history and the stories they could tell. Whether you're a lighthouse fan or not, you'll find this a great book.
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I was very disappointed when I got this book. It has necessary facts about each lighthouse, but the only directions were latitude and longitude. I was hoping for driving or access directions. Also, the lighthouses were listed alphabetically. I want to make a list of lights to visit in order of close proximity to each other.
Perhaps it would be useful if bought with an area lighthouse map for each area visited.
I would also recommend American Lighthouses by Bruce Roberts and ray Jones, even if it is a bit outdated.
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Increasingly, vacationers are choosing themed trips. I've done this myself in search of sundials, wildflowers, covered bridges, major league baseball fields, and, of course my favorite landmarks, lighthouses. Joe Follansbee's round-up of America's lighthouses, lightships, and lifesaving stations is an ambitious, fairly inclusive and succinct guidebook for anyone wishing to visit all or most of these historic sites. An all-in-one guide to U.S. lighthouses could quickly become ungainly, so Follansbee provides short blurbs only. He'll get your there, and most of the entries are failsafe--solid and usable information. While there are some errors (what guidebook doesn't have errors?), and also a few overlooked sites that surely qualify for inclusion, the guide is overwhelmingly helpful and meaty. As the author of sixteen lighthouse books myself, I can say I like Follanbee's book and applaud him for his effort to consolidate all the nation's lighthouses into one guide.

The addition of lightships and lifesaving stations is a nice bonus. These sites often fail to receive their just due, over-shadowed by the better known and more loved lighthouses. Yet, all worked in concert to keep mariners safe and prevent devastating loss of life and cargoes. Today's Coast Guard owes its existence to these antecedents. It's multi-faceted mission reflect the duties of the old Revenue Cutter Service--policemen of the waters--the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment, and the venerable U.S. Lifesaving Service. Follansbee recognizes this important triumvirate, offering the public the chance to see connections as they visit these related sites.

Lighthouses take center stage, however. No one can say exactly how many remain in our nation, as the definition of lighthouse varies, depending on who you ask.
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