The Lighthouse Directory is a personal research project
that is based on the use of Internet resources. Armed with the search
engines of Google.com and the BabelFish translators of Altavista.com,
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, is a parallel effort to inventory all the world's lighthouses.
It's not a competitor; this site and the Database are designed to complement
each other. The Digest also maintains the Doomsday List of endangered U.S. lighthouses.
- 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). The list
can be queried or downloaded from NGA's Maritime
Safety Information page. To find it, click on "Publications,"
select the NGA List of Lights from the drop-down menu, and then select
the desired volume. Click on "View" to download all or parts
of each volume in Adobe 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 Adobe PDF format from the USCG
Navigation Center. 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, can be downloaded in Adobe PDF or Microsoft
Word DOC format.
- 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
Eagle Bluff Light, Door County,
Wisconsin, U.S.A.,May 2009
Creative Commons photo
by Christopher Franklin