Photographer's Note

Perched high above the Atlantic ocean on a massive granite boulder called Castle Rock the Columbine Lighthouse stands tall against the blue skies of the Western Cape. Looking at this shot it is hard to believe that this is an extremely treacherous coastline. Prior to it being built in 1936 a number of ships ran aground off this coastline.

The provision of a lighthouse on this piece of coast lay in abeyance for many years. The Lighthouse commission of 1906 recognised that Cape Columbine would be a suitable location for a lighthouse. Dassen Island and Pelican Point at Walvis Bay, however, appeared at the time to be more urgent. It took thirty years and much debate before the construction of a lighthouse at Cape Columbine got the nod - much to the relief of the local fishing community.

Around the turn of the twentieth century Harry Claude Lee Cooper was appointed as engineer in charge of lighthouses. Columbine was the last lighthouse H.C. Cooper designed. He decided on the site known to the locals as Castle Rock, a massive granite outcrop a few hundred meters from the sea. The design of Cape Columbine lighthouse was quite different from the conventional tapered circular tower. His design was a slightly tapered square tower with the outer faces of the walls recessed, thereby forming heavy buttresses on the four corners.

The last manned lighthouse in South Africa is the first one to be seen by ships coming from South America and Europe and stands approximately 30 km from Vredenburg on the West Coast. This lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses along the South African coastline to receive three navigational safety devices, which were a foghorn, a radio beacon and a lens designed for use with incandescent light bulbs.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2818 W: 85 N: 6957] (31629)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-31
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-13 23:11
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