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In Colonial times, as the Chesapeake Bay and larger rivers became vital shipping channels, the need arose to mark Maryland s dangerous shoals and waterways. Lighthouses sprang up throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, including wood-framed cottages placed upon screw pile foundations that stood offshore in the unforgiving waters. Most of these unique structures did not survive, lost tragically to ice that also occasionally claimed the lives of the keepers who faithfully tended them and rescued mariners in trouble. With the advent of electricity and GPS, many beacons succumbed to vandalism and neglect, leaving a fraction remaining."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780738553450
ISBN-10: 073855345X
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 166mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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