have come and gone over the years for a variety of reasons.
Some have been worn away by the elements or consumed by storms,
others shaken down by earthquakes, and still others have collapsed
from erosion. Sadly, many have also been purposely burned
to the ground to make room for modern replacements, which
usually consist of automated towers that utilize the most
current technological navigational aids.
Point Light on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, has a long
history of tragic destruction. The original wooden structure
was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in stone. But because both
the Great Point Light and the nearby Cross Rip lightship utilized
fixed-light lenses, confusion between the two lead to frequent
shipwrecks in the area during the second half of the 19th
century. Red panels were then added to the Great Point Light’s
lens to help remedy the shipwreck problem. The Great Point
Light endured for many years until it was eventually destroyed
again, this time by a storm in the 1980s. A replica of the
last version now stands nearby.
creative uses of lighthouses have also been employed to help
support their preservation. The Point Montara Lighthouse,
on the California coast just south of San Francisco, has been
turned into a youth hostel, though the lighthouse is still
active. Many others in the U.S. have been converted into bed
and breakfast inns, as well.
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