Lighthouses on the Internet: A Researcher's Guide
The Lighthouse Directory is a personal research project
that is based on the use of Internet resources. Armed with Google's search
engine and translator and the maps of Google and Bing,
I explore the Web looking for knowledge about lighthouses around the world.
This page includes some of the links I've found to be most useful.
- The Lighthouse
Explorer Database, maintained by Lighthouse
Digest magazine, contains a wealth of information on lighthouses around the world.
- The World Lighthouse Society is an informal online gathering of lighthouse fans. Membership is free. The Society publishes an informative quarterly online newsletter.
- The ARLHS World List of
Lights, maintained by the Amateur
Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS), is a huge catalog of navigational
aids covering all countries, although it does not provide any descriptive
- The NGA List of Lights, an official light list describing navigational
aids in all countries except the U.S., is published in seven volumes
by the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Select
the desired volume and click on "View" to download all or parts
of each volume in PDF format.
- The U.S. Coast Guard Light List, covering lights of the U.S.
and its territories, is also published in seven volumes and can be downloaded
in PDF format. Click on any of the Coast Guard Districts
shown on the map to download the list for that area.
- For Canada, the List
of Lights, Buoys, and Fog Signals, published in four volumes
by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and posted in a large number of short sections, can be downloaded in PDF or viewed online.
- The British Admiralty List of Lights (ALL) is a traditional
reference for mariners worldwide. Unfortunately, the ALL cannot be viewed
online or downloaded, although the Admiralty's weekly Notices
to Mariners can be searched for information on recent changes
- The U.S. Lighthouse Society has abstracted information from historical U.S. light lists.
Eagle Bluff Light, Door County,
Wisconsin, U.S.A., May 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo
by Christopher Franklin
Lighthouses of the World
- Only a few web sites have information on the lighthouses of more than one
country. Some of the best international efforts include:
- Alexander Trabas:
Online List of Lights is an ambitious project to collect photographs of navigational
aids throughout the world.
- Lightphotos.net, a project launched by Dmitry Rostopshin, collects lighthouse photos from around the world. The collection is growing rapidly.
- Robert Carceller and Alain
Guyomard: Le Phare à travers le monde, in French, is a
collection of photos and information, primarily for France but also for other
countries, especially French colonies and former colonies.
- Klaus Huelse: Mein Leuchtturm-Seite,
in German, is a rich source of photos, historic postcard views, and postage
stamp images for lighthouses worldwide.
- Michel Forand: Lighthouses/Phares has selected images from Forand's large collection of lighthouse postcards. Forand is phasing out a similar collection, World Lights, on Flickr.com.
- Leuchtturmseiten von
Anke und Jens, in German and English, has good photos and some descriptive
information for lighthouses in northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
- Bernd Claußen: Der Leuchtturmseite is another large collection of photos covering lighthouses in many countries.
- The Lighthouse Stamp
Society, based in the U.S., has lighthouse stamp images and photos
from many countries.
- Iris Klempau:
Lightships from All Over the World, in German with many pages
also in English, is a well respected source for lightship information.
There are many web sites for U.S. lighthouses, but a small number have distinguished
themselves for quality of information and photos. These include two official
Among privately maintained web sites, these stand out:
All U.S. lighthouse fans should be familiar with these outstanding support organizations:
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Posted June 2006. Checked and revised March 8, 2014. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.