PENARTH’S NEAREST LIGHTHOUSE IS SWITCHED-OFF FOR 8 WEEKS

"Hello? Anybody home?". It's a rare event for any visiting boat to call at the unmanned Monkstone Lighthouse. The flashing light at the top is being switched off today for 8 weeks as Trinity House begins a two month refurbishment project.

“Hello? Anybody home?”. It’s a rare event for any visitor to call at the unmanned Monkstone Lighthouse – but today was different. The flashing light at the top is being switched off for 8 weeks as Trinity House begins a two month refurbishment project.

Penarth’s nearest lighthouse – the Monkstone Lighthouse, which stands roughly half way between Penarth and Weston Super Mare,  has been switched off today and will remain out of action for the next eight weeks .

Trinity House – which manages all lighthouses around the UK  – has started a refurbishment programme at the unmanned lighthouse today which is scheduled to last until the end of June .

In the meantime all aids to navigation normally exhibited from the lighthouse have been temporarily discontinued.

The Trinity House vessel Galatea and its tender is working on the lighthouse refurbishment.

The Trinity House vessel Galatea and her tender is working on the Monkstone’s refurbishment.

In place of Monkstone’s familiar flashing light ,the rock on which it stands – the “Monkstone” is marked by a temporary buoy  – the  Monkstone West Lighted Buoy.
Position : Latitude 51° 24’.968N., Longitude 003° 06’.328W.Characteristics : Pillar: Yellow above Black above Yellow: Q(9) 15 seconds with a West Cardinal Topmark

There’s also a Monkstone South Lighted Buoy. Position : Latitude 51° 24’.693N., Longitude 003° 05’.852W. Characteristics: Pillar: Yellow above Black: Q(6)+ L.Fl. 15 seconds with a South Cardinal Topmark

The 75 foot high Monkstone Light sits on the Monkstone Rock which is usually underwater except at low tide (NPAS Photo)

The 75 foot high Monkstone Light sits on the deadly Monkstone Rock which is usually underwater except at low tide (NPAS Photo)

The 75 foot high Monkstone lighthouse was built on the Monkstone Rock by Trinity House back in 1859 .

Even though it’s been battered by waves and weather and has been torn-at by the tides twice a day for 150 years it’s still going strong  and was converted to solar powered operation in 1993.

The Monkstone - named after the monastic order which once had an Abbey in Penarth - is the nearest lighthouse to the town

The Monkstone – named after the monastic order which once had an abbey in Penarth – is the nearest lighthouse to the town

Meanwhile the lighthouse on the island of Flatholm is still under wraps and sheathed in protective covering as maintenance work continues there too.

The lighthouse on Flatholm Island is also undergoing maintenance.

The lighthouse on Flatholm is also sheathed with a protective covering and undergoing maintenance.

 

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3 Responses to PENARTH’S NEAREST LIGHTHOUSE IS SWITCHED-OFF FOR 8 WEEKS

  1. Martin gossage says:

    Oh man was using that to read by after midnite !!

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    I watch the ships going up and down the Channel-whist watching a news item this week about feasibility of Tata Steel, I saw a huge cargo ship with “China Shipping” on it’s side heading up to Portishead-enough said!
    My main point relates to increasing number of large ships which leave Cardiff Docks and then effectively do a “U-turn” to head up the Channel-the Barry Pilot Boat also appears presumably to put a pilot on board-these ships obviously have to avoid the sand bank near the Monkstone-this of course may have been happening for years but it seems more noticeable lately.

  3. Parcel says:

    Last one to leave please turn out the light!

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