Journal article

Iron lighthouses

M Lewis

Construction History | Published : 2012

Abstract

Iron lighthuse construction in the nineteenth century is interesting both for the logistical and engineering issues involved, and as a specialised field of prefabrication. It involves some of the major prefabricators of the period, though it does not invove mass production. Two main forms of lighthouse can be distinguished - openwork and sold trunk - together with numerous hybrids and variants. Experimental examples were built in Britain, after which an export trade developed and Britain dominated the international market. The United States imported some British lighthouses before developing its own manufacturing and export capabilities. By the end of the nineteenth century most countries wh..

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