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By Timothy Harrison


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Screwpiles The Forgotten Lighthouses
This is a fabulous hard cover coffee table book that is magnificently designed with an amazing combination of contemporary and

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historic photos as well as historic documents that beautifully tell the story of an amazing number of lighthouses that have disappeared from the American scene but are still romanticized by so many. A book about screwpile lighthouses was long overdue and the authors are to be congratulated on a job well done. Screwpiles The Forgotten Lighthouses is a 224-glossy pages hard cover book with dust jack that has been extremely well-researched and written. It is highly recommended by Lighthouse Digest. We believe that you will not be disappointed and that you will love this book as much as we did. It has been published as a fund raiser for the Suffolk River Heritage and is available from them for $40.00 plus $6.00 shipping at P.O. Box 6007, Suffolk, Virginia 23433. It can also be ordered on their web site at http://suffolk-river-heritage.org/

Ancient Lighthouses
This is one of the few books that we can recall that has seriously addressed the subject of ancient lighthouses and their origins. The scope is expansive, commencing with the first ventures onto water by humans. It describes the identification of the need for navigational aids and the latest theories about how the needs were satisfied. This book examines the current archaeological evidence for structures that once may have been used as lighthouses and

considers the major locations used as such in ancient times. The book also contains one of the most comprehensive histories ever written about the Pharos at Alexandra. We expect this book to be a milestone in the catalog of lighthouse books that will enhance any lighthouse collector’s library. This full-sized hard cover book with dust jacket and 336 pages is extremely well designed and loaded with images and informative text that should be in every home library. Authored by noted lighthouse historian Ken Trethewey, it can be ordered directly from the publisher at www.ancientlighthouses.co.uk/ You can also email the author at kr.trethewey@gmail.com

This story appeared in the Sep/Oct 2018 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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