Monday, August 17, 2015

Lighthouse of the Week, August 16-22, 2015: Castle Point, New Zealand

Going back to incredible New Zealand again, the next lighthouse I've chosen is the no-brainer Castle Point lighthouse. It doesn't have a snow-capped volcanic cone behind it, but it does have a remarkably picturesque stretch of coast to protect. Loads of pictures of this one on the Web.

From Maritime New Zealand:

Castle Point lighthouse is situated on the Wairarapa Coast, about 70 kilometres east of Masterton. Close to the Castle Point Township, it was known as the “holiday light”.

Technical details

Location:  Latitude 40°54' south, Longitude 176°14' east
Elevation: 52 metres above sea level
Construction: cast iron tower
Tower height: 23 metres
Light configuration: 2nd order Fresnel lens, illuminated by a 1000 watt incandescent bulb
Light flash character: white light flashing 3 times every 30 seconds
Power source: mains electricity
Range: 26 nautical miles (48 kilometres)
Date light first lit: 1913
Automated: 1988
Demanned: 1988
The light was originally illuminated by an incandescent oil burning lamp. This was changed to diesel-generated electricity in 1954. In 1961 the light was connected to mains electricity.

In 1988 the light station was automated and the last keeper was withdrawn.

Castle Point lighthouse is one of only two lighthouses in New Zealand that are still fitted with the original lens.

The light is monitored remotely from Maritime New Zealand’s Wellington office.

by David Kerr

Michael Schwab on Flickr

by Lady Loves Cake

from Chasing Jessie blog

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