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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #321
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Hey, this is a good theme! I love lighthouses, and always wanted to go up one.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #322
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Yea, those lighthouses are great
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Two lighthouses per day, continued from the previous page:
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Old April 30th, 2009, 05:38 PM   #324
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Marcus Hook Rear Range Lighthouse
Edgemoor, Delaware




Chicago Harbor Lighthouse
Chicago, Illinois

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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:05 AM   #325
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The last one: guite nice, amazing...
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Point Abino Lighthouse
Fort Erie, Ontario




Jones Point Lighthouse
Alexandria, Virginia

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Finns Point Rear Range Light
Pennsville, New Jersey




Buffalo Harbor Lighthouse
Buffalo, New York

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Baker Shoal Rear Range Light
Port Penn, Delaware




Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Baltimore, Maryland
Originally in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

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Reedy Island Rear Range Light
Odessa, Delaware




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Cape St. Claire, Maryland


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Hooper Strait Lighthouse
St. Michaels, Maryland




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Kent Narrows, Maryland

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Your lighthouse collection is outstanding!!
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Thanks! I'm reaching the end of my photo collection of them. Now I'm moving on to the groups of range lights that I have.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 09:35 PM   #335
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Range Lights

To finish off with my lighthouse photo collection, I am going to show groups of range lights. Range lights are different from "regular" lighthouses in that instead of telling ships to move away from an area, they tell ships to move toward an area. Range lights are used to direct ships into a channel. They are used mainly at harbors and deepwater channels.

Range lights have often been the forgotten lighthouses of lighthouse buffs, partly because many were light towers instead of lighthouses, and partly because they didn't serve the same function as your stereotypical lighthouses on the coastline (like a lighthouse on a rocky bluff in Maine). These lighthouses and light towers were important nevertheless, and in many cases are still used today even with the availability of GPS.

Range lights can be found up and down the Delaware River, where they are maybe the most famous. When ships became bigger in the early 20th century, the Delaware River was then too shallow. A deepwater channel was dredged in the Delaware River for the bigger ships. In order to tell ships where the channel was, range lights were put up to direct ships into the channel.


Here is how range lights work:

A set of range lights consists of two lighthouses or towers: the front range light and the rear range light. Both towers have lights that face in one direction only. The front light and rear light are placed so that you can line up the shorter front range light underneath the taller rear range light, as seen here:





When the lights are aligned so that one is on top of the other, then the captain knows to point his ship straight forward towards the set of lights, and his ship will then be following the deepwater channel.

When the captain is not heading in the right direction, the lights are not aligned. The captain knows to shift to one side until the lights are on top of each other, and then to head towards the aligned lights until the next set of range lights end up one on top of the other. In this picture below, the same set of range lights are not aligned. If a captain saw the lights in this configuration, then he would know to shift to the right until the lights were lined up.



The range lights in these pictures were the New Castle Front and Rear Range Lights in New Castle, Delaware, as seen from Delaware City, Delaware. (The skyline in the background is that of Wilmington, Delaware's largest city.) Later, I will show you what those two range lights look like close up.
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New Castle Range Lights
New Castle, Delaware


New Castle Rear Range Light




New Castle Front Range Light

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Port Dalhousie Range Lights
St. Catharines, Ontario


Port Dalhousie Rear Range Light




Port Dalhousie Front Range Light

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Liston Range Lights
Port Penn, Delaware


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I had never heard of a range light... you learn something new on SSC every day!
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Old May 17th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #340
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I had never heard of a range light... you learn something new on SSC every day!
Range lights are intersting. You guys have some of them in Ontario as well; yours are used typically to tell captains when their ships are pointing towards the entrance to a harbor, like the Port Dalhousie lights or like some other ports towns have (Port Dover maybe?).

That's all for my lighthouse pictures. I have some other themes planned, but I'll wait until Summer or Fall to do those.
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