Tuskar Rock, Ireland
|Year first constructed||1812–1815|
|Year first lit||1815|
|Automated||31 March 1993|
|Markings / pattern||White|
|Original lens||Catoptric light|
|Current lens||Chance Brothers 500mm annular lens|
|Intensity||1 kilowatt lamp|
|Range||24 nmi (44 km)|
|Characteristic||Q (2) W 7.5s|
Tuskar Rock (Irish: An Tuscar) is a group of rocks topped by a lighthouse 11 kilometres off the southeast coast of County Wexford, Ireland. It has probably destroyed more ships than any other Irish coastal feature. One hundred and seventy-six wrecks are listed for the Tuskar Rock area at Irish Wrecks Online.
It is mentioned in the Irish ballad Tales of Loch Achray as the place where the clipper Loch Achray dropped her tug, before sailing to the South Atlantic where she was wrecked off the River Plate.
The Tuskar Rock lighthouse, built from granite and standing 120 feet tall, was built over a period of years beginning in 1812. In October of that year, a storm struck, washing away temporary barracks which had been erected on the island, and killing fourteen workmen--the worst such disaster in Ireland's history of lighthouse construction. The surviving workers clung to the island's slippery rocks for two full days before being discovered and rescued. Work resumed, and the lighthouse was completed, entering into operation on 4 June 1815.
- List of islands of Ireland
- List of lighthouses in Ireland
- Coastal landforms of Ireland
- Commissioners of Irish Lights
Media related to Tuskar Rock lighthouse at Wikimedia Commons
- Tuskar Rock. Irish Placenames Database. Retrieved: 2010-10-22.
- Tuskar Rock. Commissioners for Irish Lights. Retrieved: 2010-10-22.
- Tuskar Rock. Commissioners for Irish Lights, 1997. Retrieved: 2010-10-22.
- Tuskar Rock. irishwrecksonline.net. Retrieved: 2010-10-23.
- Irish Lighthouses, by Sharma Krauskopf, page 15, 2001.