Cape D'Aguilar

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

Cape D'Aguilar, or Hok Tsui, 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.

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
Hok Tsui
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Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse
Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse Hok Tsui is located in Hong Kong
Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse Hok Tsui
Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse
Hok Tsui
Hong Kong
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
Year first constructed1875
Deactivated1896-1975
Constructionstone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with gallery, lantern removed and the light placed on a mast
Markings / patternwhite tower and balcony rail
Tower height9.7 metres (32 ft)
Focal height60 metres (200 ft)
Range20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Admiralty numberF3576
NGA number19330
ARLHS numberHOK-001
Hong Kong numberHK-158[1]
Managing agentMarine Department (Hong Kong)

Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong. It is also known as Hok Tsui Beacon.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of China: Hong Kong". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Antiquities and Monuments Office: Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse". Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse Gazetted as a Historical Building". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  4. ^ Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse- 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