Archer Point Light
Archer Point Light, 2005
|Year first constructed||1883 (first)|
|Year first lit||1979 (current)|
|Tower shape||square prism equipment room with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white lantern|
|Height||19 feet (5.8 m)|
|Focal height||213 feet (65 m)|
|Range||white: 17 nmi (31 km)
green: 17 nmi (31 km)
red: 13 nmi (24 km)
|Characteristic||Fl (4) WRG 20s.|
|Managing agent||Australian Maritime Safety Authority|
Archer Point Light is an active lighthouse located on Archer Point, a conical, 60-metre-high (200 ft), grassy headland, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) southeast of Cooktown, Queensland, Australia. Originally an 1883 timber frame lighthouse, covered with galvanised iron, it was replaced in 1975 with a modern square concrete equipment room, topped with a lantern.
The station was established in 1883. The original lighthouse was a timber frame lighthouse, covered in rolled galvanised iron sheeting, much like Low Isles Light, and Flat Top Island Light. It had four floors, including the gallery floor, with ladders leading from one floor to the next.
Together with a lighthouse on Rocky Island, now disused, the original light served as a lead light between Hope Islands and the mainland to the south, and between some reefs and the mainland to the north.
In 1975 the current lighthouse was built, and was automated and electrically operated to begin with. The base of the old lighthouse still exists at the location. The original lenses are now on display at the Queensland Maritime Museum.
The current lighthouse is a square concrete equipment room, topped with a lantern. It was the seventh and last of a group of seven concrete towers erected by the Commonwealth between 1964 and 1979. By order of construction the lights were Cape Capricorn Light, New Caloundra Light, Point Danger Light, New Burnett Heads Light, Fitzroy Island Light, Point Cartwright Light and itself.
The light characteristic shown is four flashes, separated by two seconds, every twenty seconds, White at 153°-276°, 305°-313° and 334°-338°, Green at 276°-305° and 320°-334°, Red at 313°-320° and 338°-358° (Fl.(4)W.R.G. 20s). The white sector indicates the clear passage into the channel, while the red and green sectors indicates the ship is outside the channel.
Site operation and visiting
- List of Lights, Pub. 111: The West Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. and Hawaii), Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Islands of the North and South Pacific Oceans (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 195.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Queensland's Far North". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- "The Archer Point Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Queensland. Lighthouses of Australia Inc.
- "Beach - Archer Point (north 1)". beachsafe.org.au. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Tower plans". 1882.
- "Caloundra Lighthouses (entry 602746)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
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- Searle, Garry. "List of Lighthouses - Queensland". Lighthouses of Australia. SeaSide Lights.
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