~ Table Cape Lighthouse ~
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|Table Cape Lighthouse|
Following several shipwrecks in the late 19th century, the need for a lighthouse became apparent. The parliamentarian and local landowner, C.B.M. Fenton had, prior to 1870, kept a light burning in his home window at Freestone Cove to guide mariners during the night, but by 1879 it had been requested that a lighthouse atop Table Cape be commissioned.
The lighthouse building was awarded to contractor Mr. John Luck, and the light itself was supplied by the Chance Bros, a Birmingham based company. It is left to history to wonder what the Marine Board was thinking, leaving such an important building to Luck and Chance. The light was finally lit on August the 1st, 1988, to much celebration and fanfare.
The first keeper was Mr. Robert Jackson, who lived in the lighthouse precinct with his family, and two lighthouse keepers assistants with their wives and families also.
In 1890, the fuel for the light was changed from paraffin to 'mineral colza', after trials by Mr Jackson, head lighthouse keeper. Mineral colza is also referred to as 'long time burning oil', hence its use in lighthouses.
In 1920, the lighthouse was demanned when the light was converted to automatic acetylene. This was achieved through the operation of a 'Sun Valve' which allowed the light to only be flashed at night, further reducing the need for gas, and a "Dalen Flasher" - a device that only took gas during the flash of the light. In 1979 mains electricity was connected and an electric lamp and battery bank were installed. The current lamp assembly has six lamps of which only one is used at a time, with the other five as spares. The lampchanger can automatically detect when a lamp is blown, upon which the next lamp is rotated into place. The light now flashes in a sequence of two flashes per 10 seconds and can be seen up to 32 nautical miles away.
During the first 32 years of operation the light was manned by 3 lighthouse keepers. The three cottages that were built to house them were demolished in 1926 but the foundations can still be seen today. The head lighthouse keepers had to be married and often had many children. This created quite a little community on the lighthouse site, where stories of music, dancing and learning abound.
The strict naval code considered that keeping the light burning was of utmost importance. The light was the first on the North West Coast and probably the only visible light at night. It was of such importance that even when an earthquake was felt the keeper didn't leave his post. The histories of these keepers are rich and provide us with some of the most interesting parts of the Table Cape Lighthouse Experience.
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Love this beatiful postcard. Very good colors and good shapness. Interesting low POV and narrow DOF. Framing cinematic very adequate.
- [2011-12-18 5:08]
Hi Alaettin ,
A lovely photo with the multi-coloured layers of tulips. Only issue is that the FG flowers are not in focus. I don't know why, because F-5.6 should have been adequate. May be you should have used a slower speed and a higher f-stop?
- [2011-12-18 5:43]
A very colorful shot of this spring presentation.
Beautiful layers of different colored tulips.
A nice light house surrounded by this colorful carpet.
A very neat image.
Good focus on the BG with lovely layers in FG.
- [2011-12-21 21:52]
Hi Alaettin ,
What a lovely photo you add to your gallery, with the multi-colored raw's of tulips. If you wanted the FG flowers to be focus. shoot at a higher f stop. IMHO I would like the photo more If teh POV show the tower not centered. TFS