Lighting The Manx Coast by Dermot O'Toole
Author : Dermot O'Toole
Softback, 21cm x 21cm
Publisher : Lily Publications
There is no more a place that is so hostile to mariners than the south-east coast of the Isle of Man, where the pitiful wind howls and the tide runs at six miles per hour. Many a sorrowful story is told of vessels tossed by the wild waves upon the cruel, sharp-edged rocks of Langness. Here at the Island’s southernmost point the cruel sea has taken countless men to a watery graves.
This book is mixed with bravery and with sorrow; the publication covers many of the main ship disasters of this wild coast, the construction of Langness lighthouse and the various lighthouses built on the Calf of Mann and the new Chicken Rock lighthouse. It is a story also of how a vigorously hard-fought twenty-year campaign by the inhabitants of Castletown, its High Bailiff and agent for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, led to improved lighting on the Isle of Man’s most dangerous shore.