Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lighthouse of the Week, May 28 - June 3, 2017: Rathlin West, Ireland

When I searched with the phrase "upside-down lighthouse", I didn't know what would be found, if anything would be found at all.

What was found was the Rathlin West lighthouse in Ireland.  I have to admit, the upside-down subscription is apt.   I could also term it the "headless lighthouse".

Here's more about it:

Great Lighthouses of Ireland:  Rathlin West, Antrim  (includes locator map)

It's considered one ot Ireland's 11 Great Lighthouses.

Height doesn't mean much here, so let's go with the trivia on the page:

  • The lighthouse was built into the cliff face between 1912 and 1917. A special pier and an inclined railway from the pier to the cliff top had to be built to facilitate the lighthouse’s construction.
  • The light was first exhibited in 1919.
  • Lightkeepers lived in the lighthouse until it was automated in 1983.
  • The lighthouse’s fog signal, dubbed the ‘Rathlin Bull’, could be heard from more than 30km away. It was removed in 1995 after 70 years’ service.

And so... the pictures.

The Headless Lighthouse on the headland

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