There are no words to express the feelings that induce a sailor to offer fervent prayers when he sees this mark of sympathy expressed by his fellow men. Suddenly he sees that he is no longer alone in the midst of the ocean waves: he sees that people are caring for him with paternal solicitude.
-Lt. Lavrentiy Alekseyevich Zagoskin
There are few landscapes as picturesque as a lighthouse along a rocky coast. This iconic view conjures up quaint coastal towns and peaceful afternoons along the shore. But the quiet postcard image belies a dramatic history, one filled with heroism and adversity. Today with our advanced technology and well equipped Coast Guard it is hard to imagine the challenges confronted by early lighthouse keepers and lifesavers. These hardy souls faced severe isolation and put themselves in danger to safeguard storm tossed mariners and rescue distressed boaters and swimmers.
Last updated: May 24, 2017