Joining The World Lighthouse Society

Welcome to the World Lighthouse Society blog.

The Society is open to everyone and joining is very easy. To join or get more information please contact the Administration Officer by emailing

There is a once only only administration fee of GBP£ 22.00 (35 Euro) (40US$) Payment can be made through the Paypal website.

Once you are a registered member you will receive a free CD The Glossary of Lighthouse Terminology - WLS designed and produced. You will also receive your password to the members area of our website

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November 2017 Friends of Tasman Island Lighthouse Newsletter

The Friends of Tasman Island Lighthouse have kindly shared the latest issue of their newsletter with our members.

Click on the following link to access the issue:
 November 2017 Friends of Tasman Island Newsletter.

Check out their Facebook page and like them!
Friends of Tasman Island - Wildcare Inc.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Tasman Island Lighthouse Update

Following the success of their crowd funding campaign, the Friends of Tasman Island volunteer Wildcare group are currently engaged in a restoration project. You can follow their daily progress on their Facebook page at

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Lantern Reinstated on Lightship that Saved Lives

After 40 years the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club have reinstalled a lantern aboard their historic lightvessel LV 50 in South Harbour Blyth. A lighting up ceremony was held on Sat 4 November as part of the Club's Bonfire Night celebrations. The lantern was switched on at approximately 1730 on Saturday 4th November followed by the lighting of the bonfire and firework display.
Built on the Thames between 1878-9 for the notorious Seven Stones Reef (off the Scilly Isles) LV 50 was commissioned in September 1879 (138 years ago). At the time she was the most modern wooden light vessel in the Trinity House fleet. Her 8 ft. revolving, flashing lantern (constructed by Chance Brothers of Birmingham) and her 3-reed compressed air foghorn were pioneering innovations.
LV 50 saw service on numerous sandbanks and reefs off south and east England where she provided warning to mariners of danger and provided a navigational fix in the era before GPS. In 1952 she was decommissioned by Trinity house, sold to wreckers in Harwich from whom the RNYC purchased her and towed her to Blyth. She has lain in South Harbour for the past 75 years as the House Yacht “Tyne”
Over the past 3 years The Friends of LV50 have sought to bring this historic vessel to the attention of the public, opening her for visits on the 4th Thursday of summer months and during Heritage Open Days.
The original 2-ton wrought iron lantern was discarded because of its poor condition. The current replica lantern, constructed by 2 Club members, is a wood and fibre glass construction.
In 2015 the RNYC celebrated the 125th anniversary of the clubs founding
Additional information on the history of LV50 can be found at

Current view of LV50 with her new lantern South Harbour Blyth. Courtesy Peter J Fairbairn

On Warner station (off Isle of Wight) 1935. Curtesy A+P Vickery collection

Friday, 27 October 2017

Sligo Bay (Ireland) Lighthouses

On a camping trip in October, on the shores of Sligo Bay (Republic of Ireland), I photographed this character. Apologies for the poor quality, but he is quite a distance out, plus I was coping with Storm Brian. The Metal Man is, in some ways, the opposite of a traditional lighthouse. He stands 4.3 metres tall and he’s dressed like a Naval officer. His weight is 6.3 tonnes and he points out to Mariners where to sail, in a deep channel of water. He has done so since 1821! And this particular day, he had a feathered friend perched on his head! 

I have also included photos of a small, disused lighthouse (on an island) and a taller lighthouse in action (quite a distance out to sea), both visible from the same place from where I photographed the Metal Man. 

Lee Maginnis (Northern Ireland) 

Metal Man, Rosses Point, County Sligo, was originally located where Blackrock lighthouse now stands, but the merchants of Sligo decided Perch Rock was better. An acetylene light was established 6th October 1908 and was converted to propane on 9th October 1979. (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)

Oyster Island, Rosses Point, County Sligo: Two lights were established 1st August 1837 forming leading lights from Sligo Bay into the Channel to Sligo Port. They were replaced by a sectored temporary light 15th February 1891. The discontinued towers were taken down in 1893. The North tower was rebuilt and became a rear leading light with the Metal Man in 1932. The light was converted from acetylene to propane 9th October 1979. (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)
Blackrock, County Sligo, is located in Sligo Bay. It was converted into a lighthouse from an unlit beacon in 1835. The tower is 25m high, white with a black band. The light is 24m above MHWS and has a range of 13 nautical miles. It has been unwatched since 29th November 1934.  (Information courtesy of John Eagle & the Commissioners of Irish Lights)

New Member Profile: Geoff Scott (England)

I, Geoff Scott, have always had a vague, non-professional interest in lighthouses.  My long-suffering wife Janet has navigated using them over the years.  We have spent time in Dinard, Britanny where there are plenty of rocks and lighthouses to enjoy.  We have enjoyed quite a lot of light aircraft flying around Europe and, a few years ago, I decided to enter the “Dawn-to-Dusk” flying competition.  I chose to fly at low level around the lighthouses on the coast of France.  This took a great deal of interesting studying and planning and the exercise was completed in two halves in 2015 and 2016.  A relative who is a whiz with websites set up one for me to illustrate the flights:  We are adding more photos as we go along; for example, we missed taking photographs in Ouessant and environs in 2015, so we returned twice this summer (2017).  

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tour America's only steam-powered lighthouse tender
Learn to tie knots like a sailor
Turn the wheel
Find out lighthouses and buoys help ships find their way
Hear about life and work on board a Coast Guard ship
Discover how steam made the ship go

Open House New York Weekend
Returns to LILAC
Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
2:00 to 7:00 PM

Free admission
Join us!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

National Lighthouse Museum October Events

October Events!
We invite you to join us for any or all of our October events.
October 14, 2017 Hudson River Boat Tour

Saturday, October 14th we will again tour the magnificent Hudson venturing as far as Tarrytown, NY. It's Fall Foliage time!

Click the link below to learn more and register.
Beacon of Hope Festival

Rocktober 15th is the day of the Beacon of Hope Festival at our Museum Plaza. Great live entertainment for a worthy cause.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the gate. Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.

Lecture: The Burning of the Quarantine and the Aftermath

Sunday, October 22nd, Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito return to speak to us concerning the riots and burning of the Quarantine and resulting consequences.

Tickets are $10 for guests and members are free, but we request that members register for the event.

Click below to learn more, purchase tickets and register.