Monday, September 26, 2011

0085. Trinidad and Tobago - Chacachacare Lighthouse

The Chacachacare Lighthouse is one of the highest in the Americas.  The Lighthouse is built atop a steep mountain with a spectacular view.  The Island, site of a leper colony from 1922 to 1948, is un-inhabited except for periodic visits from the Lighthouse Service staff.

The Lighthouse is located on the Island of Chacachacare on the East side of the Dragon's Mouth strait, off the North-Westernmost tip of Trinidad and Tobago.  The Lighthouse is accessible only by boat. 

Trinidad and Tobago Post commemorated the Chacachacare by the release of $3.75 stamp depicting the Lighthouse in its original context and $5.25 stamp depicting the Lighthouse in its recent form on 2003 

Built in 1897, the Chacachacare Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND
  • Tower is painted WHITE
  • Lantern is painted RED
  • Height is 15 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is a FLASH every 10 seconds

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