In Salutem Ominum: For the Safety of All

The Northern Lighthouse Board was established in 1786 to light the coasts of Scotland and warn shipping of the dangerous reefs and skerries that had caused the demise of many ships over the years. Over the next 200 years, the Northern Lighthouse Board built nearly 40 manned and automated major lights and a great number of minor lights, especially after the discovery of North Sea Oil, around the coast of Orkney and Shetland.

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