Saturday, November 17, 2018

Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Date commissioned:  1 October 1936
Architect/builder:  HC Cooper
Primary structure material of construction:  Square masonry tower painted white, with red lantern house.
Height of tower:  15 metres
Character of light:  One flash every 15 seconds
Heritage status:  Being older than 60 years, the lighthouse is protected under the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999.
Inhabited/manned:  Yes (Keeper: Japie Greeff)
Open to public:  Yes

Cape Columbine Lighthouse is situated on a prominent headland 5km from the picturesque fishing village of Paternoster (“Our Father”), deriving its name from the heartfelt prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors.  The lighthouse, which is built on rising ground at Castle Rock and is usually the first lighthouse sighted by shipping coming from South America and Europe, is about 30 km from Vredenburg on the West Coast.
The lighthouse was named after the barque Columbine which was wrecked there on 31 Mar 1829.  Several ships were wrecked in the area, which is known for its multitude of submerged rocks and reefs.


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