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Share your photos and stories of these great beacons of light. Comment on other members lighthouse photos. Most of all, have fun...
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Share your photos and stories of these great beacons of light. Comment on other members lighthouse photos. Meet other lighthouse enthusiasts in your area. Most of all, have fun.

Photos of lighthouses or lighthouse related items can be posted to the pool. Fake, model, or art lighthouse photos are accepted, but please keep the quantity small. We don't want to deviate too much from the original intention of the group.
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FEATURE LIGHTHOUSE - This months Feature Photo is Split Point Lighthouse, photographed by Marinegirl

Split Point lighthouse

Split Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet—a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

History

Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was originally built in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919.

The original British-made lens is still in use. However, the factory in Birmingham, where the lens was built, was bombed during war-time and the essential formulas for making the unique lens crystal were lost, should a replacement ever be needed.

A Japanese firm, consulted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, estimated the cost of replacing the lens at more than AUS$1 million.

Under standard Australian lighthouse convention, red filters would usually be placed to the extreme left and right of the beam (indicating "danger zones" for a passing ship, in-line with the jagged coastline). For reasons unknown, the Split Point Lighthouse operated for many years under the opposite system; although this has now been corrected.

The original lighthouse keeper's quarters, a detached house adjacent to the site, is now a privately owned residence.


Today

The view from the top of the lighthouse.Since summer 2005, the Split Point Lighthouse has been offering regular 30 minute guided tours, during which visitors have the chance to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony just below the latern room. Tours had been available for much of the 1990s, but on only a few days per year.

The top of the lighthouse is also now used as a mobile phone base station, making it dangerous to enter the lantern room (or any area above) whilst it is in operation, due to possible exposure to RF radiation.



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Lighthouse Information Links:

1. U.S. Lighthouses - www.us-lighthouses.com/
2. U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouse Page - www.uscg.mil/history/h_lhindex.html
3. English and Welsh Lights - www.trinityhouse.co.uk/interactive/map/index.html
4. Scottish Lighthouses - www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/library.htm
5. Little Red Lighthouse - www.bridgepix.com/bridgeblog/?p=345
6. Rose Island Lighthouse - www.roseislandlighthouse.org/
7. Seeing the Light - www.terrypepper.com/lights/index.htm
8. New England Lighthouses - www.lighthouse.cc/
9. Puerto Rico Lighthouses - www.photosofpuertorico.com/faros.htm
10. Coastal Beacons - www.coastalbeacons.com/
11. Vuurtorens in Nederland - www.vuurtorens.net/
12. Trinity House - www.trinityhouse.co.uk/
13. Lighthouse Friends - www.lighthousefriends.com/





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