Lights on the shore help guide ships safely to harbour. Leading lights are positioned either singly or in groups for this purpose. A single leading light would probably have sectors indicating good and bad courses into a harbour. i.e. green or white sector means safe and red sector means un-safe.Two or more leading lights would be set up so that if they were in line (transit each other) then you are on course. This method is used a lot in rivers.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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