Round Island Lighthouse on the Isles of Scilly - Cornwall

Classic Sailing are adventure sailing specialist. Look at this Flickr discussion on 7 ways you can sail. Round Island Lighthouse the northernmost of the three lighthouses on the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall. Taken during Eve of St Mawes 2006 trip E629.

Latitude: 49° 58.70'N
Longtitude: 006° 19.35W

The lighthouse on Round Island was built in 1887 and automated in 1987.

Round Island, the most northerly outpost of the Scillies is a 40m mass of granite, the top forming a platform on which Trinity House built a lighthouse and dwellings in 1887 under conditions of extreme difficulty. The sheer rock face made the unloading of building materials almost impossible.

Today the only access, apart from by helicopter, is by a flight of steps out into the solid rock.

The enormous hyperradial optic, fitted to only two other lighthouses at the beginning of the 20th century, was replaced in 1967 with more modern apparatus.

This in turn was replaced during the automation of the lighthouse in 1987 when the present equipment was installed.

Round Island Lighthouse is monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operational Control Centre in Harwich.


Established 1887
Height Of Tower 19 Metres
Height Of Light Above Mean High Water 55 Metres
Automated 1988
Electrified 1966
Lamp 1 Kw Mbi
Optic 360MM Revolving Optic
Character One White Flash Every 10 Seconds
Intensity 340,000 Candela
Range Of Light 24 nautical miles
Fog Signal Character 4 Blasts Every 60 Seconds

another photo www.cornwalls.co.uk/photos/img2191.htm

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