Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Lighthouse travelling library


Lighthouses were often time located in remote areas and as such had no access to city services such as libraries, opera houses, entertainment, etc. that most people enjoyed who lived in a town or city. As light keeping was a lonely profession in most cases supplies were brought to them by lighthouse tender ships. One of the items the tender supplied was a library box on each visit as pictured. Library boxes were filled with books and switched from station to station to supply different reading materials to the families.
Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

2 comments:

mjd said...

This is a fascinating story I had never heard. Thanks for this one in particular!

Track said...

that is exactly how our local library system was started so many years ago in Virginia Beach. IN fact, we have one Life Saving Station still intact on our oceanfront.....and the volunteers keep their reading material in the box underneath the window...same as in the old days....