Queenscliff Low Light

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Queenscliff Low Light
Queenscliff Lighthouse.jpg
Location Entrance to Port Phillip Bay, Australia
Coordinates 38°16′26″S 144°39′34″E / 38.27389°S 144.65944°E / -38.27389; 144.65944
Year first lit 1863
Automated 1999
Construction round bluestone tower
Tower shape cylindrical
Markings / pattern painted white with vertical red daymark
Height 22.2 m
Focal height 28.6 m
Range 22 km (white light), 20 km (red light), 11 km (green light)
Characteristic light occults for 2 s every 15 s
Admiralty number K2200.1
NGA number 7484
ARLHS number AUS-262
Queenscliff Low Light between the Hume and Murray Towers

The Queenscliff Low Light, also known as the Queenscliff White Lighthouse, is a lighthouse in the township of Queenscliff in the Borough of Queenscliffe, Victoria, Australia, at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula. It stands inside the entrance to Port Phillip from Bass Strait, on the lower slope of the Queenscliff Peninsula overlooking the ’Rip”, a stretch of water considered one of the ten most treacherous navigable passages in the world. It is operated by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.[1][2]

History[edit]

The light station was first established in 1854 with a prefabricated wooden lighthouse, which was dismantled in 1863 and moved to Point Lonsdale when the permanent lighthouse was built.[3] The lamp and its housings were manufactured in England by Chance Brothers. The light was converted to gas in 1890 and to electricity in 1924.[1]

Operation[edit]

The main purpose of the lighthouse is to show a white light in range with the Queenscliff High Light as a guide for ships in the main channel entering Port Phillip. It is flanked by the skeletal Hume and Murray Towers, showing red and green lights respectively, that blink in unison with the lighthouse to provide a unique entrance pattern defining the correct course through the Rip.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lighthouses of Victoria
  2. ^ a b The Lighthouse Directory
  3. ^ Ibbotson (2004).

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