ST2264 : Flat Holm Foghorn

taken 15 years ago, 5 km SE of Lavernock, The Vale of Glamorgan/Bro Morgannwg, Wales

Flat Holm Foghorn
Flat Holm Foghorn
Erected about 250m away from the main lighthouse in 1908, the compressed gas foghorn protected shipping along the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary for many years.

Decommissioned in 1988 (presumably the same time the lighthouse was automated) the foghorn is still fully functional, however was last sounded in the 1990s for a television documentary. The reason it hasn't been sounded since is that the building's roof is now unstable and sounding the powerful horns could cause enough vibration to cause them to fall through the now propped up roof.

Many still remember with nostalgia the sound of the horn - which could be clearly heard over a wide stretch of the South Wales coastline.

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Category: Fog horn
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Bristol Channel [11] · Flat Holm Lighthouse [10] · South [9] · Lighthouse was Automated [3] ·
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Hywel Williams   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 September, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 222 649 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.6792N 3:7.1101W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 222 649
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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