Author/Illustrator: Brian Floca
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Themes: Lightships, Ship safety and navigation, Coastal Safety.
Inside Jacket Cover: "You may never have heard of a lightship. Once, lightships anchored on waters across America. On the oceans and in the Great Lakes, floating where lighthouses could not be built. Smaller than most ships, but more steadfast, too, they held their spots, through calm and storm, to guide sailors toward safe waters . . . "
Why I like this book: As I've mentioned, I love the ocean, and the fascinating story of how vessels are kept safe on potentially dangerous waters. A sister to the lighthouse, this ship houses a dedicated crew that sometimes do not see their homes for months, but their commitment to this work has saved many lives. Brian gives extra information in both the acknowledgements at the beginning, as well as the author's note at the end. The illustrations are simple but engaging, and illustrate the story well.
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Since the crew had so much time on their hands, they wove beautiful baskets and decorated them with whalebone or Scrimshaw designs. Find out more at the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum link HERE
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