Monday, July 17, 2017

Lighthouse of the Week, June 16-22, 2017: Nash Point, Wales, UK

As I promised in my notes in this very recent blog post: "I'll be back", I would be returning to Nash Point, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, this time to present its lighthouse as Lighthouse of the Week.  So here we are.   But where is here?

Let me illustrate.

As you can see, Nash Point is on the coast (naturally), just a bit south of Cardiff.  The body of water upon whose coast it sits is the Bristol Channel, which becomes the Mouth of the Severn (River) as it narrows.

So now that we know about where Nash Point is, let's find out a bit more about the lighthouse.

It is famous enough to have it's own Web site:  Nash Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre

It says this:
"The station was built between 1831 -1832 using “Blue Lias” stone quarried from the beach below the station which was then winched up the cliff and dressed on site by very skilled masons and with the assistance of what must have been many, many labourers.

"The foundations for both the low (west) tower and the high (east tower) were laid in the week before 1st October 1831 and the whole station was completed and exhibited its light for the first time on 1st September 1832., just 11 months after work commenced, what an achievement! (Source; archives of the Cambrian Newspaper and Notices to Mariners)."
That's great, but what about the vital statistics?
"Active; focal plane 56 m (154 ft); two white or red flashes, depending on direction, separated by 3.7 s, every 15 s. 37 m (122 ft) round stone tower with gallery attached to 1-story keeper's house." (from The Lighthouse Directory, Lighthouses of Wales)
There's a recording of the Fog Signal here, which is still authentic when operated.

Now that all of that has been accomplished, it's time for pictures (and a drone video).  The middle picture is quite spectacular.

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