Godrevy lighthouse, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

godrevy lighthouse, cornwall

Godrevy Lighthouse stands guard over The Stones, a reef stretching offshore of Cornwall for one and a half miles. The Stones had wrecked The Nile, a passenger streamer, in December 1854, with the loss of all hands. After much debate as to whether to build a lighthouse on the reef or on the island, work started on construction of a light on the island in 1858, with the light first operating in March 1859.

The lighthouse if a white octagonal tower, 86 feet high, made of rubble stone, bedded in mortar.

The original light was a revolving white one, with a fixed red below the main light, which could be seen over a 44 degree arc when a ship was in danger of the reef. The red sector is now covered by a red sector in the main light itself. In addition a fog bell sounds every five seconds

At first the light was manned by two men at a time, but problems with the relief, led to this being increased to 3 in 1925, but by 1934 the lighthouse was made automatic and ceased to be manned and is now maintained by helicopter visits

The fog signal has now been discontinued, and the light flashes white/red every 10 seconds, with the red sector only being visible in the arc of danger from the reef. The range of the light is 12 miles

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