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Postby Ma-Belle-Ile » Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:04 pm


Is there anybody who knows exactly which lighthouase is the highest in the world???
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Postby Ross » Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:43 pm


This came from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore site:

"The 348-foot steel frame tower in Yokohama, Japan, is the world's tallest maritime navigational beacon technically a lighthouse. Beacons on buildings such as the 1250-foot Empire State Building and Houston's 901-foot Transco Tower do not count as maritime navigational aids, though the Guinness Book lists the Empire State beacon as having the longest range in the world. "

http://www.nps.gov/archive/caha/question.htm

It's also listed on the Guiness Record site as the tallest lighthouse.
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Postby Fred » Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:06 pm


The highest as far as height of lamp would probably be :-

Lovers Leap, Jamaica
focal plane 530 m (1739 ft)

http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/jam.html

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Postby ron » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:29 pm


i'll have to look tomorrow, but there has to be datum set here. lake superior is 7-8 hundred feet above sea level so Caribou Isalnd is a 90 foot structure???
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Postby ron » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:33 pm


i won't look obviously if Lover's leap is that high. i should have read before i typed
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Postby LeadingLight » Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:05 am


The highest lighthouse in the world is the Marine Tower in Yokohama, Japan, 101 metres (331 ft). The highest traditionally built lighthouse is Ile de Vierge, France, 82 metres (269 ft). It is said that the ancient Pharos of Alexandria was 140 metres (459 ft) high. That would mean it was not only the first one in history, but also the tallest one.
Lovers Leap is just a tower with a less than average height, 15 metres (49 ft). However, built on a mountain, the light of this tower is the one that is on the highest elevation, in other words the light is the highest one above the average sea level. There is always a lot of confusion about this, as for mariners the height of the tower is not important, but the elevation is. The forum of the World Lighthouse Society www.worldlighthouses.org gives these 5 lights as the ones with the highest elevation:
As far as I know these are the 5 lights with the highest elevation:

Lover's Leap, Jamaica - 558 m (1739 ft)
Gran Almirante Grau, Peru 309 m (1014 ft)
Deal Island, Australia - 305 m (1000 ft)
Chacachacare, Trinidad - 251 m (825 ft)
Morro Calvario, Peru - 242 m (794 ft)

Ma-Belle-Ile, answers are always closer than you think 8)
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Postby Ma-Belle-Ile » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:11 am


Thank you all.
One of my friends said this: Depends if you mean highest tower or highest light [lighthouse on a cliff] highest tower is Genoa highest light is I think lovers Leap in Jamaica.

Some information said it is on Gibraltar..... So we didn't know ....exactly?
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Postby LeadingLight » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:20 am


Genova is definitely not the highest. It might be the one with the highest elevation in Europe (117 metres), but the height of the tower itself is 76 metres. Even if you don't want to consider Yokohama's Marine Tower as a real lighthouse, Genova is still lower than Ile de Vierge in France (82 metres)
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Postby Ross » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:59 am


There's a few categories that can be confused as "the highest".

1. The highest structure (regardless of cliff or hill it's on)
2. The highest focal plane (the height of the beam from sea-level.
3. Total height of the tower from sea level.
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Postby LeadingLight » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:20 am


Okay Ross, thanks. What I call elevation is the same as your option 2, focal plane
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Postby Ma-Belle-Ile » Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:43 am


My question means to know where the highest building/structure is. So maybe the one with the longest stairs.....:-) ????
It's nice to find out together. 8)
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Postby epona » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:11 am


This last question brings up a whole new set of issues and question.

A lighthouse or other building or structure would not have to be the tallest to be the biggest in terms of size. Does what I am saying make sense?

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Postby LeadingLight » Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:28 am


Again, the highest building is the Marine Tower in Yokohama. Most literature mentions this as a lighthouse. However the tower has many more functions, so personally I go for Ile de Vierge as the tallest building.

Carole, the different kinds of "height" are explained by Ross in this thread. Read through all entries here and you will find out that there is a differnce between height of the tower and height of the light.
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Postby epona » Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:05 am


Frans- I did understand what Ross posted. Let me see if I can explain better what I meant.

You could have a tall building for example the Empire State Building in New York City or you could have a building that is low say two or three stories in height. Now apply this to lighthouses. You could have a lighthouse or other building that is low in actual height that has more square footage that a much taller building or lighthouse.

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Postby lyndono » Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:51 pm


2 x Crouse - Hinds DCB-36 are installed at NW Cape in Western Australia at an elevation of 423ft
These are marine aids not aero beacons

Latitude: 21° 48.3698'S
Longitude: 114° 09.6093'E
Datum: WGS84
CHARTS: AUS 744
BA LIST OF LIGHTS: K1710
CHARACTER: Flashing 3.0 sec
Flash: 0.1 sec
Eclipse: 2.9 sec
COLOUR OF LIGHT: White
DAYMARK: Radio tower farm - 13 towers, painted red and white.
LANTERN: 2 x Crouse - Hinds DCB-36
LENS SPEED: 4 revolutions in 25 secs
LIGHT SOURCE: Lamp: Tungsten Halogen 120V, 1000W
Daylight switch: Paragon Suntracker EC71ST
POWER SOURCE: Mains supply.
STRUCTURE: Steel lattice radio mast. Tower No. 11 of 13 towers.Tower height 304m. Lanterns mounted at rest platform level 7 129m)
ELEVATION: 129 metres
INTENSITY: 1,000,000 cd
RANGE: Nominal: 25 nmiles
Geographical: 29 nmiles
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