Cornhill Magazine,  3 (1861), 33–40.


[Robert C Allen]




Light, Navigation, Nationalism, Natural Imperialism, Hunting

    Claims that the 'light-vessel is a thing characteristic of England' (33). Gives a technical account of the problems of maintaining the visibility of 'argand-lamps, balanced and gimbled to get the vertical position in which alone they can remain alight' (34), but concludes that light-vessels have 'kept advancing abreast of the best practical science of the day'. Also relates how on one ship 'as many as a thousand birds', attracted by the lights, were shot in a single night in order to make 'an enormous sea-pie'. (40)

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