The keeper of the lighthouse kept the lamps lit using kerosene. The lighthouse man donned a pair of colored goggles, preventing blurred vision from the ignition flash.
From the coast of the Pacific Northwest to California, the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic seaboard, more than 1,000 lighthouses guided the ships at sea away from coastal tragedy and brought many a captain through gales, storms or fog.
As noted in a previous column, there is only one manned lighthouse remaining in New England. The other was kept for 65 years by Frank Schubert who manned the Coney Island Lighthouse. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until Dec. 11, 2003. Schubert died at the age of 88 as the last Coast Guard civilian lighthouse keepers. Fastcast: Sunny.