Sunday, September 15, 2013

0209. Barbados - Needham's Point Lighthouse

Needham's Point Lighthouse is located at the end of Carlisle Bay, South-West coast of Barbados.  It is one of the four existent historic lighthouse(s) of Barbados.  This lighthouse has a stationary rather than rotating beacon.  The lighthouse is inactive.  Hilton Hotels built a large new hotel next to this Lighthouse tower.  Hilton Hotels now owns the Lighthouse and has restored and painted its exterior.

The stationary nature of the lights allow sailors to know whether they were near the port or starboard side of Carlisle Bay.  

The Needham's Point Lighthouse was commemorated by Barbados Postal Service with the release of a $1.80 stamp on 13-Jun-2013.

Built in the year 1855, the NEEDHAM's POINT Lighthouse:
  • Tower is OCTAGONAL masonry
  • Tower painted WHITE
  • Lantern and Gallery is painted BLACK
  • Height is 13 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is RED to North & East ; WHITE to South & West
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH every 8 seconds

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