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The Lighthouse

                               The Lighthouse
In years gone by, sailing ships faced difficulties in navigating 
Around reefs near coastal towns. At first they would use hand 
Flamed torches to see their way to the shore, but this was too 
Slow and hazardous as many ships had come to grief due to poor
Judgement. Times changed and bonfires where lit to warn seafarers 
About dangerous reefs surrounding land areas. And then on moonlit
Nights Mooncussers came out to ravage and rob ships of their
Cargo and money, Those land pirates would operate in well
Organised gangs and wait till ships slowed down before launching 
Attack. This went on for quite a while till the idea of a lighthouse 
Was conceived. The early lighthouses would use paraffin oil or spirits 
To create a flame for firing, then a reflective mirror was added to 
Throw the light further out into the sea. As the years passed 
Electricity was discovered, and these lighted cyclopses are
Now serving ships so much better. Today the lighthouse is very 
Important for navigating ships around reefs and some of them are 
Also out to sea, to help the shipping in avoiding lots of serious 
Disasters. They never make the front page news, but they are silent
Sentinals standing there to save lives and protect all concerned.

Copyright © John Ginesi

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