Goose Island lighthouse

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Goose Island
Goose Island Lighthouse.jpg
Goose Island Lighthouse
Goose Island is located in Tasmania
Goose Island
Goose Island
Location Goose Island
Coordinates 40°18′42.0″S 147°48′05.0″E / 40.311667°S 147.801389°E / -40.311667; 147.801389Coordinates: 40°18′42.0″S 147°48′05.0″E / 40.311667°S 147.801389°E / -40.311667; 147.801389
Year first lit 1846
Construction rubble masonry tower
Tower shape conical frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height 36 metres (118 ft)
Light source solar power
Intensity 60,000 cd
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 10s.
Admiralty number K3600
NGA number 6644
ARLHS number AUS-081
Managing agent Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Goose Island Lighthouse is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and has been unmanned since 1931. It was originally constructed in 1846 with the use of convict labour. On 31 March 1857 the station was raided by pirates. From 1985 to 1990 a wind generator was used as a power source for the light, today the electricity is generated by solar panels.[1] The tower was built as a 30-metre (98 ft)-tall rubblestone construction employing a Fresnel lens, which today is on display in Hobart at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.[1] The focal plane of the light source is located 36 m above sea level, the light's characteristic is a double flash every ten seconds.

Goose Island contains historic relics from the time when the lighthouse was manned, such as the remains of a wooden tramway used to supply the lighthouse, as well as the graves of light keepers, or members of their families, who died by drowning.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Tasmania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  2. ^ "The Goose Island Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Tasmania. Lighthouses of Australia Inc. 

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