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Illustration 1: Entry for Robbins Reef in Light List of 1883

[Illustration 1] with link to larger version of illustration.
(United States Lighthouse Service, List of Light-houses, Lighted Beacons, & Floating Lights on the Atlantic, Gulf, & Pacific Coasts of the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1883)

Illustration 2: Entry for Robbins Reef in Light List of 1901

[Illustration 2] with link to larger version of illustration.
(United States Lighthouse Service, List of Light-houses, Lighted Beacons, & Floating Lights on the Atlantic, Gulf, & Pacific Coasts of the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1901)

In 1852, the newly created federal Lighthouse Board began publishing an annual inventory of lighthouses usually referred to as the “Light List.”  The List was indispensable to mariners and is still being published by the U.S. Coast Guard, the successor to the Lighthouse Board.

Questions for Illustrations 1 and 2:

1. What categories of information are included in the Light Lists? How do think this information would help mariners? Why do you think the Light Lists were updated every year?

2. Compare Illustrations 1 and 2.  What changes were made to the lighthouse between 1883 and 1901?

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