- Paperback: 183 pages
- Publisher: Cypress Communications; 1st edition (February 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963641204
- ISBN-13: 978-0963641205
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers 1st Edition
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Danger and loneliness were common themes in the lives of women lighthouse keepers in the United States from 1776 to the mid-20th century. Most were appointed to succeed a deceased husband or father, and most appear to have borne the risks with fortitude and outright heroism. While the challenges and duties these women faced were similar, the authors have captured the uniqueness of each woman's experience. They compensate for the scanty biographical record with detailed descriptions of the lighthouses and keeper's quarters. The style is documentary, carried by the charm of each keeper's own story. Of 170 pages of text, 72 pages include illustrations (not seen). Recommended for general readers and for public and school libraries as well as academic collections in maritime and women's history.
- Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ. at Edwardsville
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Since Lime Rock was completely surrounded by water, the only way to reach the mainland was by boat. In a newspaper clipping of the time, her father is quoted as saying,"Again and again I have seen the children from this window, as they were returning from school on the mainland in some heavy blow, when Ida alone was with them, and old sailor that I am, I felt that I would not give a penny for their lives, so furious was the storm...I have watched them until I could not bear to look any longer, expecting any moment to see them swamped, and the crew at the mercy of the waves and also realizing that I was powerless to save them." But we know from history that Ida lived a long life and saved other lives. There is even a book written about this lighthouse with Ida's story - THE KEEPER OF THE LIME ROCK - Author: Lenore Skomal.
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