Negril Lighthouse

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South Negril Point Lighthouse
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Negril Lighthouse
Negril Lighthouse is located in Jamaica
Negril Lighthouse
Negril Lighthouse is located in Caribbean
Negril Lighthouse
Location Negril Point
Coordinates 18°14′54″N 78°21′38″W / 18.2484318°N 78.3605111°W / 18.2484318; -78.3605111Coordinates: 18°14′54″N 78°21′38″W / 18.2484318°N 78.3605111°W / 18.2484318; -78.3605111[1]
Year first constructed 1894[3]
Automated yes[4]
Foundation a 14 feet (4.3 m) deep tank of water for balance and security during earthquakes[3]
Construction reinforced concrete tower[2]
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern[3]
Height 27 metres (89 ft)[4]
Focal height 31 metres (102 ft)[2]
Light source solar power
Characteristic One flash every 2 s, alternating red and white[2]
Admiralty number J5344[2]
NGA number 14144[2]
ARLHS number JAM-007[2]

Negril Lighthouse was built in 1894 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south south east of the westernmost tip of the island of Jamaica by the French company Barber & Bernard.[3] It is one of the earliest concrete lighthouses.[2]

Fresnel lens in operation at Negril Point

Its foundation is a tank 14 feet (4.3 m) deep, which is kept filled with water to keep the 20-metre (66 ft)[3] (27 metres (89 ft) according to Rowlett)[2] reinforced concrete tower balanced and secured in the event of an earthquake.[3] The tower is topped with a lantern and gallery.[2]

An automatic white light 30 m (100 feet) above sea level flashes every two seconds.[2] The light was operated by gas initially, switching to acetylene in 1956 and solar energy in 1985.[3][4]

Several adjacent one-story frame keeper's houses are staffed.[2]

The site is a well-known attraction of the Negril area.[2]

It is maintained by the Port Authority of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Works.[2]

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  1. ^ UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica (12 sheets), 1958-1973.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Rowlett, Russ (2008-10-20). "Lighthouses of Jamaica". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Negril Point Lighthouse, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, 2005.
  4. ^ a b c Negril Point Lighthouse, Frans Eijgenraam, 2000.

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