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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse unique architecture

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Postby island » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:12 pm


Thanks to Colin's posts arousing my interest I embarked on a search for information about Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and discovered it is noted for its unique architecture. The light tower is 36 metres high and was built in 1849 using pink granite from the Isle of Mull. It was designed by Alan Stevenson. Being on land this allowed Stevenson the opportunity to be more creative with the design.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland : Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, Alan Stevenson, this 1848 Massive pink granite tower rising from a fissured plateau, visible from the road for many miles as a lantern suspended above bare rock. At its base are the flat-roofed keepers' dwellings, built to a model house type devised by Robert Stevenson and developed with more specifically antique references by his son, Alan, an amateur classical scholar. Their proto- Modernist detail is spare but bold, redolent of the Egyptian style; the lamp's base is discreetly decorated with stylised Egyptian figurines. The plan is elegant and compact, with 'stores' projecting radially in a half wheel from the base of the tower, the central open court enclosed to the east by a rectangular accommodation block.


http://www.ardnamurchanlighthouse.com/lighthouse.html
http://www.ardnamurchanlighthouse.com/cottage.html
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/218922 © Copyright Catherine Morgan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8877103@N03/2954819891
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97595808@N00/4985776013
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Postby island » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:22 pm


Ardnamurchan lighthouse video with views outside and inside tower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14LiTbWWSk
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Postby Fred » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:32 am


Watching the video bought back memories,but all those new-fangled electric lamps,when I was there for a month as a supernumerary keeper it had a fixed beehive lens and a cylinder with two slots which was rotated about a Chance Brothers Paraffin Vapour lamp by a clockwork mechanism about the size of a shoebox.
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Postby island » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:36 am


Fred, I note your comment on your web site. "I never did take photographs as I traveled around as a supernumerary---." Likewise I greatly regret I did not take photos at lighthouses before automation and at life-boat stations when they were operational. David

The links below are a photo of the old lens (2nd Order?), the slotted cylinder you described and a photo of the "new-fangled" halogen lamp. There are other photos of the lighthouse and other equipment in the flickr.com/photos/damiavos series of photos.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/damiavos/4980393997/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/damiavos/4980384959/in/photostream/
http://www.albamusic.net/ardnamurchan02.html#E
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Postby Fred » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:50 pm


David,thanks for the lead to the photographs,especially the one of the shuttered cylinder.

Nicely shows the paraffin and air tank along with pump.

Also shows near the little gear wheel a vapouriser for Chance Brothers lamp,though I'm not sure we would have allowed one that dirty on the station?

I'm reasonably certain that it was a second order lens.Fred
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Postby Colin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:32 am


We were back this weekend.
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