Sark Lighthouse

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Sark Lighthouse
(Point Robert)
Sark July 2011 31.jpg
Sark Lighthouse is located in Channel Islands
Sark Lighthouse
Location Point Robert, Sark
Channel Islands
Coordinates 49°26′11″N 2°20′44″W / 49.43639°N 2.34556°W / 49.43639; -2.34556Coordinates: 49°26′11″N 2°20′44″W / 49.43639°N 2.34556°W / 49.43639; -2.34556
Year first constructed 1913
Automated 1994
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape octagonal tower
Markings / pattern white tower and keeper's house
Height 16 m (52 ft)
Focal height 65 m (213 ft)
Current lens 2nd order catadioptric
Intensity 45,000 candela
Range 20 nmi (37 km; 23 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 15s.
Fog signal 2 blasts every 30 seconds (range 2 nmi (3.7 km; 2.3 mi))
Admiralty number A1544
NGA number 8260
ARLHS number GUE-003[1]

Sark Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located on the side of cliffs at Point Robert, at the north east of Sark, and guides vessels passing through the Channel Islands away from Blanchard Rock, which lies several miles to the east. It was constructed by Trinity House in 1913 and comprises a white, octagonal tower rising from flat-roofed service rooms and cottages, all built of stone. Access is provided by steps down from the top of the cliff, but the lighthouse was automated in 1994 and is now remotely monitored from the Trinity House operations centre in Harwich, Essex.[2]

Sark was a desirable place for lighthouse keepers to be posted. As it was considered a 'rock station', pay for serving there was good but it was not as remote as other lighthouses of that class. It might have been the only rock station where the keepers could go to the pub when not working.[3]

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Guernsey". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sark Lighthouse". Trinity House. 
  3. ^ Guy, Jan; Daly, Sue (2011). Sark Strolls: Eleven Walks Around the Beautiful Island of Sark. Small Island Publishing. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-9567396-1-2.