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
Negril Lighthouse (Caribbean)
LocationNegril Point
Coordinates18°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 constructed1894[3]
Foundationa 14 feet (4.3 m) deep tank of water for balance and security during earthquakes[3]
Constructionreinforced concrete tower[2]
Tower shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern[3]
Tower height27 metres (89 ft)[4]
Focal height31 metres (102 ft)[2]
Light sourcesolar power
Range15 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicOne flash every 2 s, alternating red and white[2]
Admiralty numberJ5344[2]
NGA number14144[2]
ARLHS numberJAM-007[2]
Heritagenational monument Edit this on Wikidata

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 Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, 2005.
  4. ^ a b c Negril Point Lighthouse, Frans Eijgenraam, 2000.

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