The tragedy of Smalls Lighthouse

Posted: March 31, 2016 in History

A tragic but fascinating tale

Stephen Liddell

There have been lighthouses around the coasts and islands of Great Britain almost as far back there have been people travelling by ship.  A fine Roman lighthouse of nearly 2,000 years is still standing tall within the walls of Dover Castle.  The history of lighthouse keepers are as fascinating and treacherous as the often rough seas that have seen countless ships and their crews lost forever on rocky islets and hidden sandbanks.

It obviously took a special sort of person to be a lighthouse keeper for what was a lonely and dangerous profession.  Many, many people have lost their lives or been driven to the point of insanity by the loneliness and poor conditions.  For centuries lighthouses were operated by private business organisations and lighthouse keepers never really had any guarantee that they hadn’t been forgotten about or would ever be relieved of duty.  If the business had collapsed then…

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