SW3621 : Landmarks above Gwennap Head

taken 8 years ago, near to St Levan, Cornwall, England

Landmarks above Gwennap Head
Landmarks above Gwennap Head
The pair of cone-shaped navigation markers on Gwennap Head line up with the Runnelstone buoy SW3620 : Runnelstone - Land's End. They are day markers warning vessels of the hazard of the Runnel Stone. The cone to the seaward side is painted red and the inland one is black and white. When at sea the black and white one should always be kept in sight in order to avoid the submerged rocks nearer the shore. If the black and white cone is completely obscured by the red cone then the vessel would be directly on top of the Runnel Stone. The black and white landmark was erected by the Corporation of Trinity House in 1821 an event recorded on a plaque on the back of the marker. Between 1880 and 1923 over thirty identified steamships were wrecked, stranded or sank in the area. There have been none since 1923. The navigation markers feature as "the Cones of Runnel" in Hammond Innes's 1940 thriller "The Trojan Horse".
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Geographical Context: Coastal Paths Heath, Scrub Estuary, Marine Primary Subject: Coast
This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2016 Automatic Clusters: · Rocks above Gwennap Head [12] · Black and White Marker [3] · Navigation Markers [3] ·
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SW3621, 70 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 2 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 4 October, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 3684 2167 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:2.2119N 5:40.5879W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 36824 21631
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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