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Lighthouse keepers faced the dangers of storm-lashed locations and the loneliness of near-total isolation.

36 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 13 hours, 22 min)
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Where the mighty sea and the land come together are some of the most beautiful on the planet, but experienced mariners know that they can also be the deadliest. A well-constructed ship in the middle of the sea is in relatively little danger. Most ships are built more than strong enough to resist the mightiest storm, and in the middle of the ocean, things to collide into are few and far between. Near land, a ship is vulnerable to the concept of an unstoppable force: the rocks of the land.

Ships have to come to the land at the end of their journeys, and prudent mariners do all they can to see that their arrival coincides with the visibility of daylight. Even in the age of GPS, navigation is not always precise enough to guarantee a daylight approach to a harbor, and for centuries mariners have come to depend on lights placed along the shoreline to guide them in the darkness.

When communities first began to depend on sea-trade for their economic well being, citizens were enlisted to maintain fires on hilltops to guide ships into the harbor. With the realization that the higher the fire was, the further it could be seen, towers were built which would evolve into the first lighthouses. In time, charts would be drawn, copied, and shared with sea captains that showed not only the location of the various lights but the positions of nearby navigational hazards as well.

As technology increased so did the ships at sea. Open fires were eventually replaced by oil-fired lamps. The flame of the lamp would burn more steadily and brighter if surrounded by a glass chimney, and French engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel eventually developed a "stepped-glass" lens which allowed the beam to be seen even further out to sea.

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To increase their visibility, lighthouses are usually located on off-shore islands or isolated headlands. This meant that the lighthouse keepers had to deal with isolation as well as the stormy nature of their posts. Their primary mission was to keep their light burning through the long, lonely nights, but they also had to maintain the light as well as stock supplies to maintain their health and comfort. Often, the lighthouse and the dwelling attached to it became very attractive seaside homes. Today, most lighthouses are fully automated, making the lighthouse keeper an expensive redundancy. Many scenically located lighthouses are popular tourist destinations and the keeper's homes have become very exclusive bed-and-breakfast type facilities.

Hallmark Playhouse, September 23, 1948, "Captain January". Lionel Barrymore plays a gruff old seadog who is tending a lighthouse on an island along a rugged coast. During a nasty storm some years back, he rescued a baby from a shipwreck. Captain January is determined to raise the girl on his island, despite the objections of some local "busy-bodies". This story is adapted for several shows in this collection.

Boston Blackie, September 10, 1947, "The Ghost Lighthouse". The approach to the town harbor is protected by the Rocky Island Lighthouse. If they sail south of the Light, they are sure to hit Devil's Reef. Recently, four ships from the same shipping company, each with experienced captains, have wrecked on the reef. Each of the Captains insist they were north of the light, and Blackie thinks they were north of "a" light, if not "the light".

Escape, March 17, 1950, "Three Skeleton Key". Three rough characters tend a lighthouse off the steaming jungle coast of French Guiana. One night, they spy a deserted sailing ship headed directly for their tiny island. When day breaks, they see why the ship has been abandoned; the decks and rigging are filled with thousands, perhaps millions of hungry rats! When the ship finally wrecks on the reef, the rats have nowhere to go, except into the lighthouse tower.

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    total playtime 13 hours, 22 min
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      36 shows - total playtime 13 hours 22 minutes
      1. Adventures In Research 461126 Ep201 Gustave Dalen.mp3
      2. Authors Playhouse 450312 Woman At Swven Brothes.mp3
      3. Bel It Or Not 240 Lighthouse On Cotton.mp3
      4. Bel It Or Not 305 Human Lighthouse.mp3
      5. Big Town 490104 217 Mask Of Evil.mp3
      6. Bob And Ray 490803 Mary Mcgoons Swim Boston Harbor.mp3
      7. Bob And Ray 490805 Untitled.mp3
      8. Boston Blackie 470910 139 Lighthouse Ghost.mp3
      9. Calling All Detectives 480803 234 Lighthouse Goes Out.mp3
      10. Cavalcade Of America 460401 When Cupid Was Pup.mp3
      11. Challenge Of Yukon 490228 0619 River Pirates 6444.mp3
      12. CW 380929 108 Lighthouse Keepers.mp3
      13. Escape 491115 097 Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      14. Green Hornet 19480615 Murder At Lighthouse Marys.mp3
      15. Hallmark Playhouse 480923 015 Captain January.mp3
      16. Hop Harrigan 480116 1380 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 21.mp3
      17. John Steele 491031 Lighthouse Twelve.mp3
      18. Lux 460218 Captain January M.obrien L.barrymoore Hrt.mp3
      19. Msa Look What We Found Lighthouse Keeper.mp3
      20. Msa Old Tales And New Strangest Lighthouse In World.mp3
      21. Msa Old Tales New Strangest Lighthouse In World.mp3
      22. Sleep No More 570227 14 To Build Fire And Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      23. Studio One 470902 19 Thunder Rock.mp3
      24. Suspense 581019 Afrts Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      25. Taos 400722 0070 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 01.mp3
      26. Taos 400724 0071 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 02.mp3
      27. Taos 400726 0072 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 03.mp3
      28. Taos 400729 0073 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 04.mp3
      29. Taos 400731 0074 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 05.mp3
      30. Taos 400802 0075 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 06.mp3
      31. This Is Your Fbi 19460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse.mp3
      32. Vanished Without Trace 02 Lighthouse.mp3
      33. Vanished Without Trace Lighthouse.mp3
      34. Vox Pop 471231 Lighthouse Party Montauk Point LI NY.mp3
      35. Whistler 450122 139 Seascape.mp3
      36. Yfbi 460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse.mp3
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      36 shows - total playtime 13 hours 22 minutes
      1. Adventures In Research 461126 Ep201 Gustave Dalen.mp3
      2. Authors Playhouse 450312 Woman At Swven Brothes.mp3
      3. Bel It Or Not 240 Lighthouse On Cotton.mp3
      4. Bel It Or Not 305 Human Lighthouse.mp3
      5. Big Town 490104 217 Mask Of Evil.mp3
      6. Bob And Ray 490803 Mary Mcgoons Swim Boston Harbor.mp3
      7. Bob And Ray 490805 Untitled.mp3
      8. Boston Blackie 470910 139 Lighthouse Ghost.mp3
      9. Calling All Detectives 480803 234 Lighthouse Goes Out.mp3
      10. Cavalcade Of America 460401 When Cupid Was Pup.mp3
      11. Challenge Of Yukon 490228 0619 River Pirates 6444.mp3
      12. CW 380929 108 Lighthouse Keepers.mp3
      13. Escape 491115 097 Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      14. Green Hornet 19480615 Murder At Lighthouse Marys.mp3
      15. Hallmark Playhouse 480923 015 Captain January.mp3
      16. Hop Harrigan 480116 1380 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 21.mp3
      17. John Steele 491031 Lighthouse Twelve.mp3
      18. Lux 460218 Captain January M.obrien L.barrymoore Hrt.mp3
      19. Msa Look What We Found Lighthouse Keeper.mp3
      20. Msa Old Tales And New Strangest Lighthouse In World.mp3
      21. Msa Old Tales New Strangest Lighthouse In World.mp3
      22. Sleep No More 570227 14 To Build Fire And Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      23. Studio One 470902 19 Thunder Rock.mp3
      24. Suspense 581019 Afrts Three Skeleton Key.mp3
      25. Taos 400722 0070 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 01.mp3
      26. Taos 400724 0071 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 02.mp3
      27. Taos 400726 0072 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 03.mp3
      28. Taos 400729 0073 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 04.mp3
      29. Taos 400731 0074 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 05.mp3
      30. Taos 400802 0075 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 06.mp3
      31. This Is Your Fbi 19460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse.mp3
      32. Vanished Without Trace 02 Lighthouse.mp3
      33. Vanished Without Trace Lighthouse.mp3
      34. Vox Pop 471231 Lighthouse Party Montauk Point LI NY.mp3
      35. Whistler 450122 139 Seascape.mp3
      36. Yfbi 460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse.mp3
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    36 recordings on 15 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 22 min

    Light Houses Disc A001

    1. Bel It Or Not 240 Lighthouse On Cotton
    2. Bel It Or Not 305 Human Lighthouse
    3. Green Hornet 19480615 Murder At Lighthouse Marys
    4. Msa Look What We Found Lighthouse Keeper
    5. Msa Old Tales And New Strangest Lighthouse In World

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    Light Houses Disc A002

    1. Msa Old Tales New Strangest Lighthouse In World
    2. This Is Your Fbi 19460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse
    3. Vanished Without Trace 02 Lighthouse

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    Light Houses Disc A003

    1. Vanished Without Trace Lighthouse
    2. CW 380929 108 Lighthouse Keepers
    3. Taos 400722 0070 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 01
    4. Taos 400724 0071 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 02
    5. Taos 400726 0072 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 03

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    Light Houses Disc A004

    1. Taos 400729 0073 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 04
    2. Taos 400731 0074 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 05
    3. Taos 400802 0075 Lighthouse Point Smugglers Pt 06
    4. Whistler 450122 139 Seascape

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    Light Houses Disc A005

    1. Authors Playhouse 450312 Woman At Swven Brothes

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    Light Houses Disc A006

    1. Lux 460218 Captain January M.obrien L.barrymoore Hrt

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    Light Houses Disc A007

    1. Cavalcade Of America 460401 When Cupid Was Pup
    2. Yfbi 460607 062 Sinister Lighthouse

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    Light Houses Disc A008

    1. Adventures In Research 461126 Ep201 Gustave Dalen

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    Light Houses Disc A009

    1. Studio One 470902 19 Thunder Rock

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    Light Houses Disc A010

    1. Boston Blackie 470910 139 Lighthouse Ghost
    2. Vox Pop 471231 Lighthouse Party Montauk Point LI NY

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    Light Houses Disc A011

    1. Hop Harrigan 480116 1380 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 21
    2. Calling All Detectives 480803 234 Lighthouse Goes Out
    3. Hallmark Playhouse 480923 015 Captain January

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    Light Houses Disc A012

    1. Big Town 490104 217 Mask Of Evil
    2. Challenge Of Yukon 490228 0619 River Pirates 6444

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    Light Houses Disc A013

    1. Bob And Ray 490803 Mary Mcgoons Swim Boston Harbor
    2. Bob And Ray 490805 Untitled

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    Light Houses Disc A014

    1. John Steele 491031 Lighthouse Twelve
    2. Escape 491115 097 Three Skeleton Key

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    Light Houses Disc A015

    1. Sleep No More 570227 14 To Build Fire And Three Skeleton Key
    2. Suspense 581019 Afrts Three Skeleton Key

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