~ The Mersey Bluff ~
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|This is from last week's trip to my favorite state, Tasmania. I wish I had a wider angle lens or space when I took this shot so there would be a little more space above the light house but behind me was a cliff ;) You click the map link for location.|
The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse was established in 1889 and is built of bricks on a stone base.
It replaced a succession of beacons and obelisks that had formerly stood on the site. It also replaced the earlier Don River light.
In 1910 the original kerosene lamp was converted to acetylene gas which was supplied by a Colt seven-day acetylene generator.
The light was converted to DC electric operation in 1920 and demanned at the same time.It was connected to mains power in 1978.
The lighthouse stands on top of the bluff to western side of the mouth of the Mersey River in Tasmania north of the Port of Devonport.
The establishment of the lighthouse ended a history of wrecks in this area.
The Commonwealth assumed responsibility for the lighthouse under the Commonwealth Lighthouse Act in 1915
It is unusual for an Australian lighthouse to have vertical stripes in it's day mark.
Another unusual feature of this lightstation is that it was connected to town water in 1901.
LOCATION: Latitude 41° 10' S, Longitude 146° 21'E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Group Flashing (4) in 20.0 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 1000 Watt 120v, Tungsten Halogen
POWER SOURCE: 120V DC Battery Bank Charged from 240V Mains Supply
INTENSITY: White: 43,800 cd; Red: 8,700 cd
ELEVATION: 37 Metres
RANGE: White: 17 Nautical Miles; Red: 14 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: 13 Metres
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Hello Alaettin! Wonderful lighthouse. Amazing brightness and colours. Good compositon. Ideal exposure. Fine note. Original work. Well done!