3/52 Bailey Lighthouse, Howth

Taken on a recent visit to Howth by Malahide Camera Club. It's a super location which draws me back time and again. This particular image was taken with a 50mm lens, and Cokin filter.


Thanks to Wikipedia for the key history facts:


The first lighthouse on this site was built in about 1667. The original building's location was high on the headland, so the light was often obscured by fog. A new tower and house for the keeper was completed on March 17, 1814. The area was the scene of a number of shipwrecks. The most notable wreck was the tragedy of the PS Queen Victoria on February 15, 1853, in which over 80 passengers and crew died. The fog bell was finally installed in April, 1853, as a result of the Queen Victoria shipwreck and its subsequent Board of Trade inquiry. In 1972, the system was electrified, with a 1,500 watt bulb in a rotating lens, producing a flash every 20 seconds that can be seen at a range of 26 nautical miles (48 km).


In 1973, additional dwellings for Supernumerary Assistant Lighthouse Keepers were built, as the Baily lighthouse became a training facility for Supernumerary Assistant Lighthouse Keepers who would then transfer to other lighthouses.


In late 1996, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and the last of the Keepers left on March 24, 1997, making Baily the last Irish lighthouse to go automatic. Radiobeacon service was discontinued in 1999, and at the same time, radar and additional communications equipment was installed. Although officially an automatic station, an attendant still lives in the Principal Keeper's residence.

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Taken on January 15, 2012