Sark Lighthouse

Sark Lighthouse
Sark July 2011 31.jpg
LocationPoint Robert, Sark
Channel Islands
Coordinates49°26′11″N 2°20′44″W / 49.43639°N 2.34556°W / 49.43639; -2.34556Coordinates: 49°26′11″N 2°20′44″W / 49.43639°N 2.34556°W / 49.43639; -2.34556
Tower
Constructed1913
Constructionmasonry tower
Automated1994
Height16 m (52 ft)
Shapeoctagonal tower
Markingswhite tower and keeper's house
Fog signal2 blasts every 30 seconds (range 2 nmi (3.7 km; 2.3 mi))
Light
Focal height65 m (213 ft)
Lens2nd order catadioptric
Intensity45,000 candela
Range20 nmi (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.

Sark Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located on the side of cliffs at Point Robert, at the north east of Sark, and guides vessels passing through the Channel Islands away from Blanchard Rock, which lies several miles to the east.[1] It was constructed by Trinity House in 1913 and comprises a white, octagonal tower rising from flat-roofed service rooms and cottages, all built of stone. Access is provided by steps down from the top of the cliff, but the lighthouse was automated in 1994 and is now remotely monitored from the Trinity House operations centre in Harwich, Essex.[2]

Sark was a desirable place for lighthouse keepers to be posted. As it was considered a 'rock station', pay for serving there was good but it was not as remote as other lighthouses of that class. It might have been the only rock station where the keepers could go to the pub when not working.[3]

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References

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Guernsey". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Sark Lighthouse". Trinity House.
  3. ^ Guy, Jan; Daly, Sue (2011). Sark Strolls: Eleven Walks Around the Beautiful Island of Sark. Small Island Publishing. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-9567396-1-2.


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