Map of the site of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland, c 1800.
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Engraving of the Bell Rock showing the railway used to transport building materials from boats to the construction site. The Rock, which is 10 miles off the coast of Scotland, is submerged by the tide twice a day. Many ships were wrecked, claiming hundreds of seamen's lives, until a lighthouse was built. The Bell Rock Lighthouse, built to Robert Stevenson's (1772-1850) design, has lasted into the 21st century. Illustration from Stevenson's 'An account of the Bell Rock Light-house: including the details of the erection and peculiar structure of that edifice; to which is prefixed a historical view of the institution and progress of the Northern Light-houses', published in Edinburgh in 1824.