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MV Cape Don Lighthouse Tender
Admiralty Reference #
1976 - 1994
This unmanned light was built as a replacement for
the Eclipse Island Lighthouse following the tragic crane accident there in which
MV Cape Don electrician crew member Ralph Meakins
was killed. It is Ralph's slides that I was generously loaned to scan and use on
many of my WA Lighthouses webpage.
Aerial photo from Winsome Bonhams collection
The Cave Point tower was built by Albany contractor
Peter Cooper and the light was powered by State electricity. The cylindrical 12m
high concrete tower still remains, however the light itself was decommissioned
when it was realised that the original Eclipse Island tower obscured its light
at a critical point of its arc. As a result, the Eclipse Island Light was relit,
though this time without its beautiful lantern room and magnificent lens.
The Tower retains its importance today as it is the
site of a satellite ground receiver station as part of the International
Satellite-aided Search and Rescue System that detects emergency beacon activated
distress signals or automatic detection when a vessel sinks or a plane crashes.
system is managed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
|Located in Torndirrup National
Park on the point of the peninsular in King George Sound about 15 km south
of Albany. The lighthouse is accessible by road and then a short hike. The
views of the coast as well as the Lighthouse make it well worth the walk. Be sure
to look for the dome of the Satellite system in place of a normal lantern
room and lens or tupperware light.
Photo by Sugarbag on panoramio
original sign barely legible in 2006, has details about the lighthouse. Another
sign still there today tells all about the Cospas-Sarsat system.
Cumming et al: Lighthouses on the
Western Australian coast and off-shore islands, 1995
Austin, Stan; Lighthouses of Albany;
Publ: WA Museum Albany, 2004