Lighting The Way For Ships: Learning about Lighthouses at Mystic Seaport

Lighting The Way For Ships: Learning about Lighthouses at Mystic Seaport


Every seaport needs a lighthouse, and this is ours. It’s a full-size replica of one that’s at Brandt Point in Nantucket. It’s one that’s appropriate for our river because it is a harbor light. because it is a Harbor Light that’s why
it’s so short The original one in Brandt Point is only twenty-six feet above sea level and so is ours. It’s special to us because it connects really well to our vessels and to the stories we try to tell here. stories we tried it out here Charles W Morgan which is a whale ship
we have accounts from some other mariners on board who’d be leaving in 1849 for several years and saying as they pass the lighthouse, ‘I wonder when I’m going to see it again.’ For wooden sailing ships that didn’t
have GPS systems that didn’t have radios, that didn’t have sometimes good charts a lighthouse was really important when you were coming into harbor or when you were leaving to make sure you didn’t run aground. Or if there was a storm, to help you figure out exactly where you were. So when you come to this lighthouse, you can go inside, which is different from the original Brandt Point lighthouse, and we have two great videos that really give you a sense of the history of lighthouses, on the scope where they are around the
nation and the US has more lighthouses than any other country in the world and some really beautiful visuals shot of lighthouses around the country. Everybody loves lighthouses. We keep talking to our visitors and they tell us that there’s something beautiful and attractive about them, whether its kids or people who have been at sea for a long time.


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