Saturday, June 29, 2013
Came across this photo in the National Library of Ireland Archives and it shows the original Fastnet lighthouse which was demolished down to a stump when the new one went up. The stump can clearly be seen in the photographs here but because of its colour and the description of 'Cast Iron', I had it in my head that the tower itself was a dull rusty brown colour. Seems I couldn't have been further from the mark!
This little beauty incidentally ruled the roost for exactly 50 years, having first been lit in 1854.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
last year. These photos are from the sea, looking up.
On the ferry back from Clear Island, I was delighted that the pilot decided to do the ocean-side route, rounding Sherkin Island before entering Baltimore Harbour via the twin pinnacles of Sherkin Island Lighthouse and Baltimore Beacon (above)Last year, I got a good view of it from Baltimore Beacon. These pictures are from another perspective - the boat chugging through the gap between the headlands.
When I was there a year ago, it was an evening trip and the photos I got, although quite spectacular, were somewhat murky and gloomy, though they did add to the atmosphere. This time, it was a glorious summer's afternoon trip, and the pictures are much better.
There is a famous yacht race that takes place every two years, that goes from southern England, round the Fastnet and back again. Those of us old enough to remember, recall the 1979 race in which a fierce storm decimated the field. There is a simple memorial on Cape Clear to the fifteen men who lost their lives that fateful night.