A blog about Irish Lighthouses past and present and other selected maritime beacons and buoys of interest
Friday, May 3, 2013
Mew Island is situated at the southern end of the approaches to Belfast Harbour and would have waved the Titanic on its way west a hundred years ago. The picture above was taken in Groomsport, the contour of the island obscuring its lower half.. The snaps below were from the layby mentioned in the previous post.
The light and fog signal came into operation on 1st November 1884. The fog signal was discontinued in 1991 and the light became automatic in 1996.
It was a few miles east of Mew Island that the passenger and car ferry The Princess Victoria sank on 31st January 1953 with the loss of 132 lives.