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Pic of the Week: 31 March 2014

Sunlit waves breaking off the shore at Hamnavoe, Shetland

by Anne Macdonald © 2014

Sunlit waves breaking off the shore at Hamnavoe, Shetland, near the Fugla Ness Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1893.

David Alan Stevenson was a scion of the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers who built scores of lighthouses around the Scottish coast. His grandfather Robert oversaw the construction of the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse in 1811, and Dunnet Head in 1831. Robert’s sons David and Thomas (father of author Robert Louis Stevenson) built 29, of which the first three were built by David alone; a third son, Alan, built another 13. David Alan (who was David’s son) built three lighthouses with his uncle Thomas before striking out on his own and building an amazing 91 lighthouses between 1890 and 1938, many of them together with his brother Charles Alexander.

You can find more information about the lighthouses of Scotland and the Isle of Man at the website of the Northern Lighthouse Board:

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