Cape Point Lighthouse

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Cape Point Lighthouse
Place: South AfricaSouth Africa Cape Point
Location: Western Cape , South Africa
Geographical location: 34 ° 21 '25 "  S , 18 ° 29' 48.8"  E Coordinates: 34 ° 21 '25 "  S , 18 ° 29' 48.8"  E
Fire carrier height : 9 m
Fire height : 87 m (sea fire)
77 m (warning fire)
Cape Point Lighthouse (Western Cape)
Cape Point Lighthouse
Identifier : Fl (2 + 1) W.30s (sea fire)
FR (warning fire)
Scope knows: 32 nm (59.3 km )
Scope red: 15 nm (27.8 km )
Construction time: 1914-1919
Operating time: since 1919
International ordinal number: D 6120


Cape Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse ( English Lighthouse ) on Cape Point in South Africa . For shipping, it marks the southernmost point of the Cape Peninsula when circumnavigating the Cape of Good Hope .

First lighthouse

Cape Point with the old and new lighthouse

The first beacon was an eight meter high cast iron tower. It was prefabricated in England and erected on Cape Maclear, the highest point on the Cape Peninsula, and put into operation on May 1, 1860. However, at a fire height of 249 meters, its light was often obscured by low clouds. After the Lusitania shipwreck, the decision was made to move to a new location below the previous height of the cliff. The beacon was extinguished when the new lighthouse went into operation. The tower has been preserved as a sight .

New lighthouse

The new nine meter high lighthouse was built from stones on the cliff end of Cape Point in a five-year construction period . It was put into operation in 1919. As identifier , a group of three white flashes with a return of 30 seconds (Fl (2 + 1) W.30s) and are warning fire with a fixed red light (FR) is shown. With a nominal range of 32 nautical miles , Cape Point Lighthouse is one of the strongest lighthouses on the African continent.

See also

Web links

Commons : Cape Point Lighthouse  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Old Cape Point Lighthouse  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Nautical chart excerpt