For Want of a Lighthouse

Building the Lighthouses of Eastern Lake Ontario 1828–1914

by Marc Seguin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/25/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781490756738
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781490756721
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 566
ISBN : 9781490756714

About the Book

No safe harbours for steamboats or sailing vessels could be found along an isolated 70-mile stretch of eastern Lake Ontario, dominated by the irregular-shaped Prince Edward County peninsula. Frequent storms, rocky reefs and sandy shoals were among the many dangers facing 19th century mariners. So many shipwrecks mark one narrow and shallow underwater ridge in the region that it became known as the “graveyard of Lake Ontario.” It was on these shores, from Presqu’ile Bay to Kingston harbour and along the Bay of Quinte, that a network of more than forty lighthouses and light towers was built between 1828 and 1914. FOR WANT OF A LIGHTHOUSE presents a sweeping look at the social and technological changes which marked the era, and brings to life the people, politics and hardships involved in the construction of these essential aids to navigation. Through the use of extensive archival material and more than 100 maps and photographs, Marc Seguin documents the vital role these lighthouses played in the building of a nation. There is now a race against time to save the few original towers that are still standing. All profits from the sale of this book will be used to preserve these remaining lighthouses.

About the Author

Marc Seguin brings his lifelong interest in history together with a passion for Canada’s built heritage in this comprehensive account of the building of the early lighthouses of eastern Lake Ontario. His degree in History from the University of Western Ontario and his years working at historic sites have been assets in Marc’s involvement with local heritage groups and the founding of the lighthouse preservation organization “Save Our Lighthouses”. Marc lives on the shores of Wellers Bay in Prince Edward County, Ontario, with his wife and two sons.