Mise Tales Forty-Seven

Mise Tales Forty-Seven

For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One.

As mentioned earlier on the front page of my website, any photos or cartoons, or short bits of information, when it is removed from the front page, will also be included again later in the next next Misc Tales posting. That way you can keep track of it, search for it, or copy it.


Wind MapOn October 18, 2014, a large storm was hitting the British Columbia, Canada coastline. The photo above shows the winds as a visualization of global weather conditions, forecast by supercomputers, updated every three hours. Click the photo for more recent details. Move around the map with your mouse. Zoom in also. Check out the menu in the lower left corner for more information.


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And for you creative people out there, here is an example of a homemade quilt with a haunted theme. Very nice! More information can be found on the webpage here.








It may be too late but at least you will know they are out there – a lighthouse-shaped bottle full of wine from the San Sebastian Winery in Florida, USA. Product details here.




bannerA company selling lighthouse.antiques just published a new online catalogue. If you are interested in anything lighthousy, then give them a look. Lighthouse Antiques


deck prisms_Elinor_DeWireDeck prisms – I knew they were used on ship decks to provide light below, but have never seen them in a lighthouse floor. Elinor DeWire posted on Facebook the photo of deck prisms being used in a lighthouse floor.

Her comment:

Some lighthouses have deck prisms in the floor of the lantern. These bring light down into the tower by means of refraction–bending and spreading the light. The photo of the lantern floor is at Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Oregon, looking up at the interior lantern deck from the underside. Each circular prism window has 19 deck prisms. If I remember correctly, there are 12 circular prism windows. They’re not only functional, but pretty too, as is the lighthouse itself. It’s tall and would be quite dark inside with the deck prism windows. A single deck prism sits on my office desk. It’s a large one from a ship’s deck, used for the same purpose as in lighthouses–to bring light into a dark area. In the case of a ship, deck prisms carry light below deck in the hold. Anyone else have photos of lighthouses with deck prisms? I’d love to see them.

Reproduction 19th Century Deck Prism


More uses for old and newly-made deck prisms here at




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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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