Read Online Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse KeepersAuthor Mary Louise Clifford –

Hundreds Of American Women Have Kept The Lamps Burning In Lighthouses Since Hannah Thomas Tended Gurnet Point Light In Plymouth, Massachusetts, While Her Husband Was Away Fighting In The War For Independence Women Who Kept The Lights Details The Careers Of Intrepid Women Who Were Official Keepers Of Light Stations On The Atlantic, Gulf, And Pacific Coasts, On Lake Champlain And The Great Lakes, Staying At Their Posts For Periods Ranging From A Few Years To Half A Century Most Of These Women Served In The Th Century, When The Keeper Lit A Number Of Lamps In The Tower At Dusk, Replenished Their Fuel Or Replaced Them At Midnight, And Every Morning Polished The Lamps And Lanterns To Keep Their Lights Shining BrightlySeveral Of These Stalwart Women Were Commended For Their Courage In Remaining At Their Posts Through Severe Storms And Hurricanes A Few Went To The Rescue Of Seamen When Ships Capsized Or Were Wrecked Their Varied Stories Are Brought Together Here For The First Time, Drawing A Multifaceted Picture Of A Unique Profession In Our Maritime History

10 thoughts on “Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers

  1. says:

    I will never take a lighthouse for granted again From the epilogue, Although the era of the resident lighthouse keeper has ended, our attachment to lighthouses continues Landmarks are important to orienting us in our terrain, and lighthouse towers serve as daymarks for those on land and water alike, helping to define our sense of place The symbolism of lighthouses still grips us their assurance of security for those in peril on the sea, of a lifeline to safety, of guidance to solid footing on shore This book doesn t have a lot of action, which could have made it boring, but the authors careful attention to detail, the deeply respectful characterization of the meaning of the work made up for it This plain book was a balm in my overstuffed days.

  2. says:

    Anyone interested in the history of the lighthouse and how it pertained to women would enjoy this read While it did not provide a personal enough view of these women for me it was still a very enjoyable look at a time in maritime history that I new very little about There are old photographs in the pages that were most appreciated but not very many of the actual lighthouse keepers themselves Some keepers have a detailed writing while others not quite as much as I would have enjoyed Some of my most favorite passages in this book are Abbie Burgess Grant I wonder if the care of the lighthouse will follow my soul after it has left this worn out body If I ever have a gravestone, I would like it in the form of a lighthouse or beacon You know the hens were our only companions Becoming convinced, as the gale increased, that unless they were brought into the house they would be lost, I said to mother I must try to save them, She advised me not to attempt it The thought, however, of parting with them without an effort was not to be endured, so seizing a basket, I ran out a few yards after the rollers had passed and the sea fell off a little, with the water knee deep, to the coop, and rescued all but one There are some very nice moments in this read

  3. says:

    A nice coffee table photo collection, with personal reflections and primary sources, just a cut above the popular hometown series by Arcadia Publishing That is to say, much text, but the photos, maps and reproduced letters are interesting An important addition to your women s history collection, and good for the guest room at the beach house.

  4. says:

    I ve been interested in lighthouses from a young age I think it stems from living in a community most of my life with 2 lighthouses One that has been decommissioned, but resides in a State Park open M F to tours, and the second one further down that lights the way home still for those at sea and is also open to tours What interest me about looking into female lighthouse keepers is a friend of mine built her dream home and turned part of it into a bed and breakfast called the Lightkeeper s Inn Bed Breakfast When I asked her how the name originated, she said her grandfather was one of the keepers in the area a long time ago.I came across this book while stocking shelves as a Library volunteer, and finished it today two days after beginning to read it It was really difficult to put down which is why I finished it so fast I ve already recommended it to my mother who s a history buff, and particularly likes learning about women s influence in history, and one of the teller s at my bank who never thought of women working as Lighthouse keepers until I shared a couple of the people I read about in the book, and explained a lot of the women replaced husband s and father s when they died or retired And some of the women keepers replaced their own mothers

  5. says:

    I started reading this after a long day of household chores and couldn t put it down until I had finished it Afterward I felt guilty complaining about my tasks I didn t have to worry about maintaining the lamps, trimming the wicks, winding the weights, scraping the ice and soot from the beacon s windows and reflectors, listen for ships in peril, prepare for my children s lessons, update the keepers log, assure that the house was immaculate in case the tender paid a surprise visit all in addition to keeping my family fed and clothed while wearing a 19th century dress and button shoes The book is wonderfully written and gives you a glimpse into these strong women s lives, many who took the lighthouse duties over after losing their lighthouse keeper fathers or husbands, or were specially appointed The authors also interspersed a timeline to help us understand what was happening in lighthouse technology which eventually phased the women and keepers out Many of the women maintained their posts for 40 to 50 years without a vacation or in some cases, a day off Once I put the book down I hit that load of ironing that has been calling out to me.

  6. says:

    Think you are busy Just read this and see what so many unheralded women have had to do in the course of keeping lighthouses functioning It s amazing that we know so little about so many of the women who were lighthouse keepers often for 20 years or I was fascinated with the details of their lives and jobs One woman watched as buildings fell and fires erupted in San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906.

  7. says:

    The authors, Candace and Mary Clifford are sisters and Candace was a National Park Service employee who worked with the maritime resources Her research is excellent and her sisters writing was great Must read for lighthouse fans.

  8. says:

    Very interesting overview, short stories about many women who kept lighthouses, often after being widowed Have to admit, I might have cried once Now I need something that goes deeper into the routines and histories.

  9. says:

    Good historical accounting of lighthouse service, highlighting the just over two dozen women who served as keepers Definite feminist slant but the number of women than proves there wasn t a prejudice against them being keepers.

  10. says:

    The women profiled really inspire me, and reminded me to not accept boundaries on my own accomplishments