Chicken Rock

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Chicken Rock
Location Irish Sea
Area 0.1 ha (0.25 acres)
Isle of Man
Chicken Rock Lighthouse
Chicken Rock lighthouse with passing cargo vessel
Location Offshore on Chicken Rock, just off the Isle of Man
Coordinates 54°02.271′N 4°50.315′W / 54.037850°N 4.838583°W / 54.037850; -4.838583Coordinates: 54°02.271′N 4°50.315′W / 54.037850°N 4.838583°W / 54.037850; -4.838583
Year first lit 1875
Automated 1961
Construction Granite
Height 44 m (144 ft)
Focal height 38m
Range 13 mi (21 km)
Characteristic White flash every 5 Secs

Chicken Rock (Manx: Carrick ny Kirkey), part of Rushen parish, is the southernmost island administered by the Isle of Man. It lies southwest of the Calf of Man, 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) off Spanish Head on the Manx mainland.[1] There is a lighthouse on the island. The 44 metres (144 ft) lighthouse is constructed of tapered granite and was designed by David and Thomas Stevenson, after the lights on the Calf of Man were insufficient at warning ships away. Construction finished in December 1874, with the first official lighting day taking place on 1 January, 1875.

A fire heavily damaged the interior of the lighthouse on 23 December, 1960. The light became automated in 1961. The lighthouse is owned and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board.[2]


  1. ^ "Chicken Rock - Carrick ny Kirkey". 
  2. ^ "Chicken Rock Lighthouse". Retrieved 14 October 2014.