Cape Sorell Lighthouse

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Cape Sorell Lighthouse
Cape Sorell Lighthouse is located in Tasmania
Cape Sorell Lighthouse
Cape Sorell Lighthouse
Location in Tasmania
Location Entrance to Macquarie Harbour
West Coast
Tasmania
Australia
Coordinates 42°11′52.4″S 145°10′09.0″E / 42.197889°S 145.169167°E / -42.197889; 145.169167Coordinates: 42°11′52.4″S 145°10′09.0″E / 42.197889°S 145.169167°E / -42.197889; 145.169167[1]
Year first constructed 1899 (1899)
Automated 1971 (1971)
Construction brick tower
Tower shape conical frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern dome, grey lantern
Height 40 metres (130 ft)
Focal height 51 metres (167 ft) AHD
Light source solar power
Intensity
  • white: 208,000 cp,
  • red: 83,000 cp[2]
Range
  • white: 32 kilometres (20 mi),
  • red: 19 kilometres (12 mi)[2]
Characteristic Fl (2) 15s.
Admiralty number K3660
NGA number 6892
ARLHS number AUS-046
Heritage Australian Heritage Register

The Cape Sorell Lighthouse is a heritage-listed[2] lighthouse that is located on Cape Sorell in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. The lighthouse is situated approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of Strahan.

Constructed and first lit in 1899,[3] the 40-metre-high (130 ft) lighthouse is the only structure remaining from a brick complex of tower, three houses and engine room, except for the foundation remnants of the three keepers' residences.[2] The light characteristic is a group of two flashes that occurs every fifteen seconds, its focal plane is at 51 metres (167 ft) above sea level with a white light intensity of 208,000 candlepower, visible for 32 kilometres (20 mi) and the red, of 83,000 candlepower, visible for 19 kilometres (12 mi).[2]

Initially fed by vapourised kerosene, the station was automated in 1971[4] and in 1998, the light was converted to solar power.[5] Further automation occurred in 2012 [6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cape Sorell Lighthouse (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Place ID 13246". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  3. ^ "THE CAPE SORELL LIGHTHOUSE.". The Mercury. LXXIII, (9051) (Tasmania, Australia). 6 March 1899. p. 2. Retrieved 13 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ The visitors book for 1932 -1969 has been retained at the Maritime Museums of Tasmania Visitors book - Cape Sorell Lighthouse, retrieved 13 May 2016 
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Tasmania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  6. ^ Sinclair, Ian (2012-04-10), Old lighthouse goes automatic, retrieved 13 May 2016