25.000 x 18.000 inches
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Historic Semiahmoo Lighthouse
Drawing - Pencil On Paper
Historic Semiahmoo Lighthouse
Drawingb by James R. Williamson
(Pronounced semi ah moo) An unusual Victorian style lighthouse was established in Semiahmoo harbor, near Blaine, Washington in 1905. A near sister to the Desdemona Sands lighthouse near Astoria, Oregon. In June 1944 the house was dismantled and replaced with a light tower and again replaced in 1971 by the �present� tower. �semiahmoo Lighthouse� presents the history, color and the action of a landmark which has been so much a part of nautical Americana.
Where have all the lighthouses gone? To the sailors of old, lighthouses were like personal friends. Tenanted by faithful keepers who were dedicated to their humanitarian roles.
The Alaska Packers Cannery at Semi ah moo packed fish from 1894 until 1964, can labeling until 1974, boat building and machine repair until 1983. Today the cannery buildings have been renovated and they are now the beautiful �Semi ah moo Resort Hotel�.
Semi ah moo relates to the Semi amu Indians that lived near and fished the coast waters around the spit. The name purportedly translates as �Bay of The Crescent Moon�.
The lighthouse, is a symbol of hope to the sea-weary mariner. Lighthouses are noble human achievements, the material from whence comes drama, poetry, artistry, peril and rescue. They are guideposts marking watery highways leading to everywhere. �Semiahmoo Lighthouse� is a celebration of these vanishing symbols of security, recreating the lure and romance of these sentinels of history.
Safeguards of Coastal Navigation
Primary seacoast and secondary lights are so designated because of their greater importance as aids to navigation. In general, they differ from the minor lights by their physical size, intensity of light, and complexity of light characteristics. These lights are more individual in nature than minor lights and buoys; only broad general statements can be made about them as a group.
Primary seacoast lights are maintained to warn the high-seas navigator of the proximity of land. They are the first aids to navigation to be seen when making a landfall (except where there may be an offshore lightship). A coastwise pilot can use these lights to keep farther offshore at night than if he were using other visual aids. These are the most powerful and distinctive lights in the U.S. system of aids to navigation.
Primary seacoast lights may be located on the mainland or offshore on islands and shoals. When located offshore, they may mark a specific hazard or they may serve merely as a marker for ships approaching a major harbor.
Many primary seacoast lights are so classified from the importance of their location, the intensity of the light, and the prominence of the structure. Other aids will be classed as secondary lights because of their lesser qualities in one or more of these characteristics. The dividing line, however, is not clear cut.
The physical structure of a primary seacoast light and many secondary lights is generally termed a lighthouse, although this is not an official designation used in the light list. The principal purpose is to support a light source and lens at a considerable height above the water. The same structure may also house a fog signal, radio beacon, equipment, and quarters for the operating personnel. In many instances, however, the auxiliary equipment and personnel are housed in separate buildings nearby; such a group of buildings is called a light station.
May 9th, 2012
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