"There is a printed book of one hundred and fifty-two pages specially devoted to 'instructions and directions to light-keepers'.... The first article of these instructions announces the fundamental duty of the light-keeper: 'The light-house and light-vessel lamps shall be lighted, and the lights exhibited for the benefit of mariners, punctually at sunset daily. Light-house and light-vessel lights are to be kept burning brightly, free from smoke, and at their greatest attainable heights, during each entire night, form sunset to sunrise;' and it is added that 'the height of the flame must be frequently measured during each watch at night, by the scale graduated by inches and tenths of an inch, with which keepers are provided.' Finally, 'All light-house and light-vessel lights shall be extinguished punctually at sunrise, and every thing put in order for lighting in the evening by ten o'clock A.M. daily."
|Keeper Enoch Ellis Howard & his Wife Cordelia|
Just the basics of more than 150 pages of instructions for lighthouse keepers.
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