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
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
  • white: 208,000 cp,
  • red: 83,000 cp[2]
  • 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 [3] and first lit in 1899,[4] 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[5] and in 1998, the light was converted to solar power.[6]

Further automation occurred in 2012 [7]

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  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. ^ "Cape Sorell Lighthouse.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald. IX (147). Tasmania, Australia. 6 April 1899. p. 2. Retrieved 15 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "THE CAPE SORELL LIGHTHOUSE.". The Mercury. LXXIII (9051). Tasmania. 6 March 1899. p. 2. Retrieved 13 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ The visitors book for 1932 -1969 has been retained at the Maritime Museums of Tasmania Visitors book – Cape Sorell Lighthouse, retrieved 13 May 2016 
  6. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Tasmania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  7. ^ Sinclair, Ian (2012-04-10), Old lighthouse goes automatic, retrieved 13 May 2016 

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