the light house has been a steadfast way to show ships lost
in the night how to find their way to shore.
It has served as a beacon of hope and
an indicator of existential life on dry ground. Essentially, a light
house is a large tower built on the shoreline
that emits large, rotating lights out into sea in order for ships to
be able to see how to get to land. There are literally hundreds of lighthouses all
over the world. The older ones are now usually used as tourist attractions
or symbols of geographic areas. Most new lighthouses are
not quite as ornate and intense looking as those that were built many
years ago. Most people want to preserve the beauty of the light house,
and keep on building it in the traditional, more original sense. For centuries,
someone always stayed inside of the light house, and was known as the
keeper. This person would practically live inside the light house, and
maintain its bright beacon and be sure that sailors and captains made
it to shore safely. Around
the 1990’s, keepers suddenly became a thing of the past.
Today, with modern science giving us Global
Positioning Systems, radar
screens and computers, the light house is becoming a dying breed.
Those that are still standing are essentially fully automated, meaning
they do not need anyone there to operate or maintain them. Regardless
of the light house’s newer status, it is still a brilliant symbol
of hope and nautical days of yore.
There are many historic light
houses that remain a piece of history not just in America, but all
over the world. Today the United States
Coast Guard overlooks our lighthouses,
while other organizations are in charge of lighthouses in other parts
of the world.