Was on my way back from west cork (funnily enough!) a few days ago when I saw this article on Fastnet Rock Lighthouse. It's a long one and if you don't want to read it here the link to the Economist article is at the bottom. Thought it might be a good read for anyone on this board
If anyone has any ideas for articles/topics that would be good for a discussion fire ahead!
Seen as nobody has posted a reply thought I'd start the ball rolling...
Amazing piece of work and a great article about it. Hard to imagine the difficulties that would've been faced when constructing it and the sheer scope of the task, not to mention the difficulties of communication and transporting materials back in those days.
Great story. Thanks Myth.
Good article OP, looking the that photo it's hard to believe, but it's possible for waves to strike the tower and for the helipad to be awash. I'm told there's a huge BOOM goes up through the tower when this happens and it's pretty scary.
It's amazing that it was built so accurately. It took an awful lot of skill for it to only be out by .6cm...
Those guys got madskillz.
Wow, great topic. Coincidentally, I was only reading about this this evening, though the above post is far more informative. Hoping to get out to this for a look next weekend, as I have been promised a go in a sailing boat in Cork!
i use to work for the irish lights, and this is know as a hardship ststion, its a pig to be stationed on, but a marvel of engineering.
Thanks, a great post.
Grew up in an Irish Lights family, my dad has couple of great old books published by Irish Lights detailing the construction of this and a number of other rock stations (including the loss of life), up to the building of the Kish, and fantastic elegant solution an extremely difficult engineering problem.
Seen on discovery channel sometime that it is often overlooked that all through human history, more often than not, the maritime world has led in engineering innovation.
Well, a big hello to an old thread
Anyhow, I sailed around the Fastnet ten days back my own Flying Fifteen (yes, I'd a crashboat on call). With the light northwesterly breeze of around ten knots, it was a pretty pleasant Sunday afternoon sail in calm seas. See that two-pixel bump on the horizon in the top photo, just to the left of the mast? That's the Fastnet, so just add one hour's sailing and you're there! Cape Clear and beer dead ahead in the lower pic.
And here's a video of what the lighthouse itself looks like inside:
Great post, Thanks for sharing.