Plumb Point Lighthouse

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Plumb Point Lighthouse
Pumb Point Lighthouse from NE closeup.jpg
Plumb Point Lighthouse from the NE.
Plumb Point Lighthouse is located in Jamaica
Plumb Point Lighthouse
Plumb Point Lighthouse is located in Caribbean
Plumb Point Lighthouse
Location Great Plumb Point
Palisadoes Peninsula
St Andrew
Coordinates 17°55′43″N 76°46′42″W / 17.9286656°N 76.778217°W / 17.9286656; -76.778217Coordinates: 17°55′43″N 76°46′42″W / 17.9286656°N 76.778217°W / 17.9286656; -76.778217[1]
Year first constructed 1853[3]
Foundation concrete[3]
Construction lower half stone and upper half cast iron[2]
Tower shape two stage tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern roof
Height 21 metres (69 ft)
Focal height 21 metres (69 ft)[2]
Range 25 miles (40 km)
Characteristic Fl WR 9s.[2]
Admiralty number J5294[2]
NGA number 13908[2]
ARLHS number JAM-005[2]

Plumb Point Lighthouse is an active 19th century heritage lighthouse, located on the Palisadoes a narrow peninsular that connects Port Royal to the mainland. The light helps guide shipping into Kingston Harbour.

Built in 1853 it is claimed that the light at the lighthouse has gone out only once since then, during the 1907 earthquake.[3] The 70 feet (21 m) stone and cast iron tower with lantern and gallery[2] shows a white light visible for about 40 km (25 mi) over the entrance of the eastern navigable channel[3] and a red light over the south channel which is visible for 20 km (12 mi).[4][verification needed]

The entire lighthouse is painted white and is in the historic Port Royal Protected Area, which the government hopes to develop as a tourist attraction.[2] It is positioned about 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Port Royal and the entrance to Kingston Harbour near Norman Manley International Airport.[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 Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Jamaica". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  3. ^ a b c d Plumb Point Lighthouse, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, 2005.
  4. ^ Plumb Point Lighthouse, Frans Eijgenraam, 2000.

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