- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 19, 2001
See how these beacons of safe passage protected ships and mariners for centuries.
They have been constructed on atolls barely above the water's surface and on sheer cliffs towering above rock-strewn shores. They have guarded ships and sailors for millennia. And they are vanishing quickly, replaced by global positioning devices, automated beacons and other high-tech devices.
MODERN MARVELS® ventures from Ancient Egypt to the world's most dangerous waters to tell the story of these beloved nautical icons. Experts like Wayne Wheeler, the director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, explain how engineering and optics combined to create lifesavers that stood guard over the world's waters for centuries. Get an up-close look at some of the survivors, including many that have been converted to other uses. One of the few remaining keepers reflects on his vanishing trade, and the author of The Lightships of Cape Cod tells the story of the floating versions of the familiar towers.
A fascinating blend of engineering acumen and altruism, LIGHTHOUSES is a revealing look at a vanishing icon--and way of life.