Cape D'Aguilar

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Cape D'Aguilar
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Cape D'Aguilar
Traditional Chinese鶴咀
Simplified Chinese鹤咀
Literal meaningCrane Beak
Kau Pei Chau

Cape D'Aguilar, or Hok Tsui (Chinese: 鶴咀), is a cape in the south of Shek O and D'Aguilar Peak on southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The peninsula, where the cape is on its southeastern side, is also known as Cape D'Aguilar. It is named after Major-General George Charles d'Aguilar.

It is in the Southern District.[1]

Geography[edit]

There are two small islands, known as Kau Pei Chau (狗髀洲), in the southern vicinity of the cape. Its south water is Sheung Sze Mun (雙四門).

Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve[edit]

Cape D'Aguilar is environmentally protected by setting the area as Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve.

Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse[edit]

Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse
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Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse
LocationCape D'Aguilar, Shek O
Hong Kong Island
Coordinates22°12′33″N 114°15′33″E / 22.209042°N 114.259122°E / 22.209042; 114.259122
Tower
Constructed1875
Constructionstone tower
Height9.7 metres (32 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with gallery, lantern removed and the light placed on a mast
Markingswhite tower and balcony rail
OperatorMarine Department (Hong Kong)
Heritagedeclared monument Edit this on Wikidata
Light
Deactivated1896-1975
Focal height60 metres (200 ft)
Range20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Hong Kong no.HK-158[2]

Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong. It is also known as Hok Tsui Beacon.[3] The lighthouse is one of five pre-war surviving lighthouses in Hong Kong; it is also the oldest lighthouse in Hong Kong. Two of the five lighthouses are on Green Island while the other three are at Cape D'Aguilar, Waglan Island and Tang Lung Chau respectively. Waglan Lighthouse and Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse are also declared monuments of Hong Kong.[4]

The lighthouse was named after Major-General Sir George Charles d'Aguilar and began service 6 April 1875. The light was a fixed dioptric first order Fresnel lens, emitting a white light on a focal plane of 200 feet (61 m) above sea level, that could be seen in clear weather 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi). When the Waglan Island Lighthouse began operation in 1896 the Cape D'Aguilar light was rendered obsolete. In 1905 the light was removed and transferred to the Green Island Lighthouse to replace the forth order Fresnel light. In 1975 the Cape D'Aguilar was placed back into service with an automated system. The existing structure is 9.7 metres (32 ft) tall.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Council Constituency Boundaries - Southern District (Sheet 2)" (PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of China: Hong Kong". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Antiquities and Monuments Office: Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse". Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse Gazetted as a Historical Building". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  5. ^ Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse Archived 25 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine- Antiquities and Monuments office: Leisure and Cultural Service Department, pp 3. Retrieved 2016-06-05

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Coordinates: 22°12′28″N 114°15′38″E / 22.20778°N 114.26056°E / 22.20778; 114.26056