Chicken Rock

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Chicken Rock Lighthouse
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Chicken Rock lighthouse with passing cargo vessel
Location Offshore on Chicken Rock, just off the Isle of Man
Coordinates 54°02.271′N 4°50.315′W / 54.037850°N 4.838583°W / 54.037850; -4.838583Coordinates: 54°02.271′N 4°50.315′W / 54.037850°N 4.838583°W / 54.037850; -4.838583
Year first lit 1875
Automated 1961
Construction Granite
Height 44 m (144 ft)
Focal height Sea Level
Range 13 mi (21 km)
Characteristic White flash every 5 Secs

Chicken Rock (Manx: Carrick ny Kirkey) is the southernmost island administered by the Isle of Man and belongs to the parish of Rushen. It lies to the southwest of the Calf of Man, 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) off Spanish Head on the Manx mainland.[1]

The 0.1 hectare rock is home to a 44 m (144 ft) lighthouse which was designed by engineers David and Thomas Stevenson after it was realised that the lights on the Calf of Man were not sufficient to warn ships away. Construction of this tapered granite structure was completed in December 1874 and the first official lighting day was on 1 January 1875.

A fire heavily damaged the interior of the lighthouse on 23 December 1960, leading to automation of the light in 1961. The lighthouse is owned and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

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