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“A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life!” Mehmet Murat Ildan

lighthouse-refurb-4For one hundred and thirty-six years the Seal Point Lighthouse has lit up our shores.  She has a very special place in the heart of every resident of Cape St Francis and her profile is used by all and sundry to mark events and light up logo’s.  In the past few years the sad rust tears of neglect became more pronounced and it became clear that she was in dire need of some tender loving care. We were therefore all very excited to see her wrapped up in scaffolding and we cannot wait for the big reveal.  Her revamp includes the replacement of the handrails on the spiral staircase as well as the catwalk and balcony rail on the outside.  Vital waterproofing and several coats of paint will complete the “makeover”.

Her light was lit for the first time on the fourth of July 1878 (yes, Independence Day in America) but we would like to plan a yearly village get together to celebrate this event. Not a massive festival, only a village getting together to celebrate the privilege to live in this amazing environment. Watch this space.

lighthouse-refurb-9Here are a few facts about “our” lighthouse:

  • It is the tallest masonry lighthouse in South Africa, 27.75m high.
  • The focal plane is 36 meters above sea level and the light has a range of 28 sea miles.
  • Seal Point Lighthouse was designed by Joseph Flack, a civil engineer and architect.  He started construction in 1876, but passed away in Humansdorp on 14 November 1876.
  •  WB Hays took over on 29 November of the same year and the light was lit for the first time on 4 July 1878.
  • It was equipped with a three wick burner and had an intensity of 15 000 candles, providing a single white flash every 20 seconds.
  • On 17 May 1906 the flash rate was changed to one flash every 5 seconds and a petroleum vapour burner was fitted, increasing the candle power to 120 000 candles.
  • Today the character of the light is once every five seconds with an intensity of 2 750 000 candles and a range of 28 sea miles.
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