Plumb Point Lighthouse

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Plumb Point Lighthouse
Pumb Point Lighthouse from NE closeup.jpg
Plumb Point Lighthouse from the NE.
Plumb Point Lighthouse is located in Jamaica
Plumb Point Lighthouse
Plumb Point Lighthouse
Location Great Plumb Point, Palisadoes Peninsula, St Andrew, Jamaica[1]
Coordinates 17°55′43″N 76°46′42″W / 17.9286656°N 76.778217°W / 17.9286656; -76.778217Coordinates: 17°55′43″N 76°46′42″W / 17.9286656°N 76.778217°W / 17.9286656; -76.778217[2]
Year first lit 1853[3]
Foundation Concrete[3]
Construction Lower half stone and upper half cast iron[1]
Tower shape Conical
Focal height 70 feet (21 m)[1]
Range 25 miles (40 km)
Characteristic One flash every 9s, alternating red and white[1]
Admiralty number J5294[1]
NGA number 13908[1]
ARLHS number JAM-005[1]

Built in 1853 it is claimed that the light of Plumb Point Lighthouse has gone out only once since then, during the 1907 earthquake.[3] The 70 feet (21 m) stone and cast iron tower with lantern and gallery[1] shows a white light visible for about 40 km (25 mi) over the entrance of the eastern navigable channel[3] and a red light over the south channel which is visible for 20 km (12 mi).[4][verification needed]

The entire lighthouse is painted white and is in the historic Port Royal Protected Area, which the government hopes to develop as a tourist attraction.[1] It is located about 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Port Royal and the entrance to Kingston Harbour.[1]

It is maintained by the Port Authority of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Works.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Jamaica". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  2. ^ UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica (12 sheets), 1958-1973.
  3. ^ a b c d Plumb Point Lighthouse, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, 2005.
  4. ^ Plumb Point Lighthouse, Frans Eijgenraam, 2000.