Bressay Lighthouse

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Bressay Lighthouse
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Bressay Lighthouse
Bressay Lighthouse is located in Shetland
Bressay Lighthouse
Location Kirkabister
Shetland Islands
Coordinates 60°07′12″N 1°07′17″W / 60.120012°N 1.121456°W / 60.120012; -1.121456Coordinates: 60°07′12″N 1°07′17″W / 60.120012°N 1.121456°W / 60.120012; -1.121456
Year first constructed 1858
Automated 1989
Deactivated 2012 from Northern Lighthouse Board
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 16 metres (52 ft)
Focal height 32 metres (105 ft)
Range 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) since 2012
Characteristic Fl (2) W 20s.
Admiralty number A3776
NGA number 3340
ARLHS number SCO-021
Managing agent

from 2012 Lerwick Port Authority [1]

Heritage category B listed building Edit this on Wikidata

Bressay Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of Lerwick. It is located on the island of Bressay at Kirkabister Ness overlooking Bressay Sound.


Bressay Lighthouse was one of four lighthouses built in Shetland between 1854 and 1858 which were designed by brothers David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson. David Stevenson initially maintained that building a lighthouse in Shetland waters was impossible, too dangerous and too expensive, and that any ship's captain who took this route was mad.

The shore station was purchased by the Shetland Amenity Trust in 1995 and has been converted into a Marine Heritage Centre. The fog signal was discontinued in the 1980s. The notable red horn was removed, however, the building that housed the siren is still in place and now houses a radar mast, and the five pressurised air tanks are still in place.

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  1. ^ Bressay The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 May 2016
  2. ^ Bressay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 28 May 2016

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