La Tour de Vinde
La Tour de Vinde
|Location||St Aubin's Bay|
|Year first constructed||1915|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with the light on a mast|
|Markings / pattern||black tower with a horizontal white band|
|Tower height||10 metres (33 ft)|
|Focal height||18 metres (59 ft)|
|Range||13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (4) W 12s.|
|Managing agent||Jersey Harbours|
La Tour de Vinde, (aka Noirmont Tower), is a Martello tower that the British erected between 1808 and 1810 to command the approaches to St Aubin's Bay, Jersey. The tower stands at the foot of the cliffs of Noirmont Point, in the Vingtaine de Noirmont in the Parish of Saint Brélade. During the occupation of the Channel Islands in World War II, the Germans erected Battery Lothringen on the top of Noirmont Point. The site of the tower is accessible at low tide by wading, though the tower itself is closed to the public.
La Tour de Vinde is painted black and white to serve as a daymark for sailors. Since 1915 it has housed a light that at night flashes every 12 seconds. The tower is currently under the purview of the Harbour & Airport Committee.
The name comes from the Norse, where "vinde" means to tack or go about. Once a sailing vessel heading for St Aubin's Bay had passed the point it could tack to approach the harbour.
The tower was armed with a single 18-pounder gun on its top; there was a second 18-pounder in a battery at its base. The tower supports the second floor via arches instead of a central pillar. The tower's diameter is 26 ft (7.9 m) and it stands 23 ft (7.0 m) high.
Citations and references
- Clements, William H. (1998) Towers of Strength: Story of Martello Towers. (London: Pen & Sword). ISBN 978-0-85052-679-0.
- Grimsley, E.J. (1988) The Historical Development of the Martello Tower in the Channel Islands. (Sarnian Publications). ISBN 978-0-9513868-0-4
- Hals Michelet, Maren Bastin (1914) First year Norse. (The Free Church Book Concern).
- Sutcliffe, Sheila (1973) Martello Towers. (Cranbury, NJ: Associated Universities Press).
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