North Mole Lighthouse

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Fremantle North Mole Lighthouse
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Fremantle North Mole Lighthouse
North Mole Lighthouse is located in Western Australia
North Mole Lighthouse
Western Australia
Location Fremantle Harbour
Western Australia
Coordinates 32°03′14″S 115°43′28.3″E / 32.05389°S 115.724528°E / -32.05389; 115.724528Coordinates: 32°03′14″S 115°43′28.3″E / 32.05389°S 115.724528°E / -32.05389; 115.724528
Year first constructed 1906
Year first lit 1906
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern red tower with white trim and lantern
Height 9 metres (30 ft)
Focal height 15 metres (49 ft)
Light source mains power
Range 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic R Oc. 2s.
Admiralty number K1765
NGA number 9064
ARLHS number AUS-151
Managing agent Fremantle Port Authority

The North Mole Lighthouse began operation in 1906 at entrance to Fremantle Harbour. The occulting red light, emitted from a fixed lightsource at a focal plane height of 15 metres (49 ft) above sea level, is visible for 11 miles (18 km) and indicates the westernmost point of the harbour and its entrance. The lighthouse established permanent service from 1906; after the mole's foundations had settled a temporary lighting arrangement there was discharged. The light originally planned for the house was found to be too powerful and was sent to Broome for the steel lighthouse at Gantheume Point.

The lighthouse and its technically identical yet green coloured partner on the south mole are the last remaining of their type. It has an 'indicative place' status of the Register of the National Estate and is a well-known landmark to seamen visiting the port. It was designed by Charles Yelverton O'Connor, an engineer responsible for the construction of Fremantle Harbour and who advanced the proposal of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. The 15 m tower is made of cast iron, painted red and features classical decorations. It is located at the end of North Mole Drive. The position is a well used recreational fishing spot and a vantage point for ocean yacht racing or birdwatching.

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