Did you ever want to climb to the top of a lighthouse tower?
Do you wonder what it would be like to live in a lighthouse?
How does the light from the tower reach so far out on the water to aid ship captains?
What was used for fuel before electricity?
What are all the crazy terms used in lighthouse talk – like what is a “wickie”?
Discover the answer to these questions and more at the following sites.
Lighthouse Facts at Kiddle is a terrific source of information on lighthouses from ancient to modern, lighthouse technology, architects, building design, lenses, and more. Terrific photos with links to various lighthouses throughout the world.
Lighthouse Friends - This site includes photographs, directions, histories, and GPS for every lighthouse in the United States and nearly every lighthouse in Canada – including the 1871 Sodus Bay Lighthouse.
U.S. Lighthouses - People are drawn to lighthouses. The content on this website has been created from the site’s writer because - the first time he came across a lighthouse – he was around 5 years old - watching Pete’s Dragon and thought how cool it was seeing the lighthouse and Pete climbing the tower. After moving to North Carolina and seeing Bodie Island at the Outer Banks, the writer made an effort to visit most of the lighthouses in North Carolina, adding on lighthouses in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, and eventually New York in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. Sodus Bay lighthouses.
Imagine getting the lens – weighing as much as 12,800 pounds - up to the top of a lighthouse tower! This video from Artworks Florida Classic Fresnel Lenses, LLC shows how that task is accomplished and how a Fresnel lens like the one in our Sodus Bay lighthouse museum is put together. Fresnel lenses are categorized by orders. A first-order Fresnel is the largest, weighing in at close to 12,800 pounds. A sixth-order Fresnel lens is the smallest, weighing in at between 65 to 220 pounds. For more on other orders, sizes, weights, and costs visit – the United States Lighthouse Society.
The United States Lighthouse Society also has a terrific Kid’s Corner. Be sure to visit it for ideas on projects, other videos, reading suggestions, and much more.
Back to that question about – what is a “wickie”? No, it has nothing to do with Wikipedia! Find out what a wickie is – here – at Sea Grit Lighthouse – Lighthouse Terminology – Part 2. Be sure to check out Part 1 for terms like bull’s-eye prism, caisson lighthouse, and Fresnel lens.
- Story time -
Listen to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Rhonda and David Armitage. How does Mrs. Grindling solve the problem she has getting lunch to Mr. Grindling, the lighthouse keeper?