South Bishop Lighthouse
South Bishop Lighthouse from the sea.
|Location||South Bishop island
St George's Channel
|Year first constructed||1839|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Height||11 m (36 ft)|
|Focal height||44 m (144 ft)|
|Current lens||4th Order Catadioptric|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||16 nmi (30 km)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 5s.|
|Fog signal||3 blasts every 45s. (range of 2 nmi (3.7 km))|
The lighthouse was converted to electric operation in 1959, and in 1971 a helipad was constructed at the site. Finally, the lighthouse was automated and demanned in 1983.
It was built in the path of many migrating sea birds, and the brilliance of the light at night often led the birds to dash themselves against the lantern. Many died and, when Trinity House and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds teamed up, they together came to the conclusion to build special bird perches on the side of the lighthouse lantern. After this the amount of deaths decreased considerably.
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