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Start Point lighthouse
Rotating Fresnel Lens, Solar Powered, White/Black Striped Tower, Owned and Maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board
Keywords: Orkney islands;Scotland;United Kingdom;North sea

Rotating Fresnel Lens, Solar Powered, White/Black Striped Tower, Owned and Maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board

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Album name:Neil1062 / Scotland
Rating (2 votes):44444(Show details)
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):Active
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):1806, Robert Stevenson Engineer
Height of the tower, m:18 Focal plane elevation above sea level, m:25
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Flash (2) 20s & 2 x Scheme-R (backup reduced range)
Range, nm:24
Any other comments:Open to the Public by appointment, 30min walk from carpark only accessible at low tide
Coordinates (in any format): 59 16.638 N 002 22.577 W
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Date added:Jul 30, 2016
DateTime Original:2013:10:18 16:53:13
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Keywords:Orkney islands / Scotland / United Kingdom / North sea
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Neil1062   [Aug 03, 2016 pm31 04:47 PM]
As mentioned in the Forum here is a bit of History about this Lighthouse
Start Point was the first Scottish lighthouse to have a revolving light which gave it a unique character making it easily distinguished from other lights. It was painted with its black and white vertical stripes around 1915, which makes it a recognisable day mark; it is the only Scottish lighthouse painted in this way.?
Disaster struck during the building of Start Point lighthouse when the vessel "Stromness" set off to return the workmen back to Leith. A tremendous storm blew up forcing the "Stromness" back northwards to shelter off Flotta island. During the night the cables broke and she was smashed to pieces on the rocks with the loss of all on board except the cabin boy, who was found clinging to the top of the mast.?

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