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Postby island » Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:21 pm


This was posted on the board two years ago. The site appears to have been updated. It has neat photos, history and stories about life as a keeper at Bell Rock.

http://www.bellrock.org.uk/
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:27 pm


Neat site, Dave! Thanks! :D Was the lighthouse ever actually on land? I'll have to check back later and do some in-depth reading.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:49 pm


Interesting!! I just visited that site yesterday, and again this morning! :)

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Postby Maria » Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:07 pm


I'm going to Scotland in June, primarily in Edinburgh. I'll have to look into the practicality of a boat trip, but I think 11 miles out is a bit too far. However, there are a couple of other Stevenson lighthouses much closer to shore. And I'm going to have to keep reading this website for more interesting places I'll have to visit.

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Postby island » Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:18 pm


Maria,

Have you seen the book The Lighthouse Stevensons, by Bella Bathurst?
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:49 pm


Leah Loar-Mays wrote:Neat site, Dave! Thanks! :D Was the lighthouse ever actually on land? I'll have to check back later and do some in-depth reading.


Leah, it was built on the rock it sits on. The stone was cut into blocks on land and transported to the rock by ship. It took over two years to build because they could only work at low tide. Initially the workers lived on a ship anchored a short distance from the rock but eventually Stevenson had a structure built on the rock which housed the men and saved a lot of time. One life only was lost and the original keeper was a workman who had an accident while at work during a storm.

The BBC put out a DVD of famous engineering feats and Bell Rock was one of those shown on TV
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:22 pm


Thanks SO much for the info, my friend!! :D
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Postby Bellrock » Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:40 pm


Greetings from Bonnie Scotland.
It is after midnight here in Edinburgh. Pleased that you are finding the building of the lighthouse interesting. If you have any questions - just ask!
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Postby Bellrock » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:01 am


There are 207 lighthouses around the Scottish coastline - some extremely difficult to get to and situated in the most dangerous places!! The Bellrock is perhaps not the noblest of all (that is reserved for Skerryvore), but it is certainly one of the most difficult to build . . . and early at that (1807-1811). The BBC film on its construction has now been shown all over the world: Including the United States, Canada, many European countries, and as far away as China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and India.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:37 pm


Welcome, Bellrock!! So glad to have someone to share some Scottish lighthouse info with us!!! :D
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Postby Maria » Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:30 am


Bellrock, I am sure that I will have lots of questions for you as I am planning my trip. Do you do private tours?

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Postby Bellrock » Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:18 am


No, Maria, I don't do private tours, but I will help you out if I can. I'm off up north to Arbroath for a few days shortly, but will be back home Sunday evening.

There is a page on my website about visiting the Bell Rock Lighthouse (see under Misc) . . . but if you do decide to give it a go I will give you an update on local arrangement that are possible.

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Postby COTA » Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:55 pm


Maria, what a dream...Please share your trip here when you return. I would love to hear and see photos!!!

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Postby boats » Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:30 pm


I have sailed past the BELLROCK a few times and for the reason of having to stay two miles away from it is the reason I never got a photo of it. And at the time lighthouses were just some thing to past going from one port to another. As a young sailor beer was what I was looking for at the next port, and of course "WOMAN". :D "Boats"
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Postby Bellrock » Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:18 am


Pleased to report that the Bell Rock lighthouse is still standing. It is clearly visible from the town, but one can get a much better view from the hills just outside Arbroath.

At the moment we are thinking of ways and means of celebrating its forthcoming Bi-centennial. Two dates will be important - 17th Aug 2007 (the date the men set sail from Arbroath to commence construction) and 1st February 2011 (the first time the Bell Rock exhibited its light). - Bellrock, Scotland :idea:

To Boats - I hope the beer was to your liking!
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