The Culmore light with the remains of the fort behind. It has its name written on it in case it ever gets lost
Location of Culmore Point marked with a very amateurish red cross
There was a fort at Culmore since the early 1600s and its position on the river would have made an ideal spot to place a lighthouse. Sadly, I have been unable to unearth any evidence that a guiding light ever shone forth there prior to 1848.
Map showing ferry service between Culmore Point and Culmore. Yes, I know. For some reason, the train station that ran down the east side of the Foyle stopped at Culmore Station, despite the fact that Culmore was on the opposite shore. To make things worse, there was also a lighthouse there called Coolkeeragh, or Culkeera, but it was frequently referred to as Culmore lighthouse by people who couldn't spell Coolkeera. As such, I can't guarantee that every reference to Culmore lighthouse referrred to the much smaller light actually in Culmore.
The Culmore Point lighthouse around 1903. James Doherty is possibly still inside, trying to get his socks on. Note that the light house is now placed on a solid plinth (coloured red) rather than the black piles. The oil lamp was shown from the three oriel windows near the top of the tower. This was changed to a Wigham lamp in 1923 and may also have changed from 'fixed' to 'revolving' around this time. It may also have become unmanned too. Furthermore, several sources say the current building dates from the 1920s, though there is a marked similarity between the picture above and those below.
Does my bum look big in this? Rare view from the rear showing that, yes, it did have a doorway. It looks pretty insignificant but it is actually 23 feet tall.