SC1465 : Calf of Man: lower lighthouse (with Chicken Rock behind)

taken 14 years ago, 5 km from Cregneash, Isle of Man, Great Britain

Calf of Man: lower lighthouse (with Chicken Rock behind)
Calf of Man: lower lighthouse (with Chicken Rock behind)
In 1794 a Mr Colquhoun suggested a double light so that it could be easily distinguished from that of the Skerries.
This idea was adopted and the two lights aligned, as is clear from the chart, so that when they appeared one above the other then the Chickens rock was in line between the vessel and the cliff. The two lights would appear as one when viewed from the rocks thus supposedly some estimate of the distance from the rock could be gauged.
However one problem was that the higher light often (about 30% time) lies within the mist belt and thus the distance indication is not reliable.
The two leading lights were designed by Robert Stevenson in 1816 and the station established in 1818. It comprised two towers, 560 feet apart, aligned to indicate a safe course past the dangerous Chicken Rock. The two lanterns were 375ft and 282ft above sea level and held 'double revolving and leading lights without colour'.
The two lights were kept in synchronism by adjusting the clockwork drive.
The old lights are now somewhat dilapidated and the handsome keepers' houses ruinous.
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Saturday, 12 June, 2004   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 6 April, 2005
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WGS84: 54:3.1191N 4:50.1131W
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