A brief history of the lighthouse, including lightships and buoys.
Titles read: "SAFETY LIGHTS".
Various locations of events.
Brief shots of ships at sea; a captain looking through a telescope. Diagram shows the first lighthouse, Ptolemy's Pharos, built at Alexandria in 300 BC. More diagrams show the location of the Eddystone, 14 miles off Plymouth, where Henry Winstanley, Rudyard (? sp? Rudyerd?) and Smeaton built lighthouses of different materials and designs. These three lighthouses are compared in a diagram with the present lighthouse, built in 1878.
Various shots of a lighthouse in an unidentified location. Inside, we see the lighthouse working and the glass turning round. A lighthouse keeper on a ship is put in a basket and pulled across to the lighthouse on a pulley system. Diagrams and live action of a lightship and different kinds of buoys.
Brief shots of the sea at dusk and buoys and/or lightships flashing at night.