Tuesday, February 22, 2011

0039. New Zealand (North Island) - Cape Brett Lighthouse

Cape Brett Lighthouse is situated at the entrance to the Bay of Islands and overlooks Piercy Island better known as the Hole in the Rock.  Cape Brett was named after the Rear-Admiral Sir Piercy Brett, the Lord of the Admiralty.

Cape Brett was also the first of the three lighthouses in New Zealand to float the rotating light on a bed of Mercury.  Previously lights had been supported by wheels.

New Zealand Post commemorated the Cape Brett Lighthouse in its 2009 Scenic Lighthouses of New Zealand Stamp Set released on 7-Jan-2009.

Built in the year 1910, the CAPE BRETT Lighthouse:

  • Tower is ROUND cast iron
  • Tower painted WHITE
  • Height is 15 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH every 15 seconds

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