A fascinating talk on Scottish Lighthouses and how they were built
Sentinels against the Storm – Scottish Lighthouses
A fascinating talk on Scottish Lighthouses and how they were built. Impossibly slender yet amazingly strong, these sentinels against the storm stand testimony to the engineering brilliance of the famous Stevenson family. How did they do it? Why did they?
I am fascinated by how they were constructed in the face of storms and the surge of the sea. I was a navigator for nearly twenty years, many of them around the dangerous coastlines of northern Scotland. I know these light towers from two perspectives – from the sea and from the land. Assisted with an array of historic and original images I paint pictures in words to cast light on the fascinating story those brilliant Stevenson engineers and their elegant creations.
Captain Simon Quail, Master Mariner, is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1966, serving as a Deck Apprentice with Elder Dempster Lines. ‘Gangway – A Life at Sea’ published by Racing Rabbit Press is his maritime memoir.