The light house building was completed in 1858 and in August of that year it started work. The light house tower is 48 foot high. The light was powered by candles and then paraffin until July 1967 when the light was then powered by electric.
The mirrors that reflected the light and the mirror mountings were driven by clockwork and floated on a tank full of mercury. This was all replaced with rollers when it all went automated in 1988. The old clockwork mechanism can be found in the excellent Shetland museum.
Very nice shot ！！！ Like
Best greetings from China ！行者无路
Viele Grüße von der Mosel
Candles and paraffin....Very interesting information!
LIKE this beautiful lighthouse. Alina
I love everything about this photo! . . .The mood, the viewpoint, the composition and most of all . . . .the story!!
Best regards, Ann
Beautiful place and well captured, 3_Wheels
Greetings from Québec, MonPiche
very nice place, beautiful photo like
Fascinating 3 wheels..i lke it when people upload information with the photo...i hope to get to scotland one day...and the shetlands ,orkneys etc..so little time eh!
Wonderful photo Mark! Great colours and fine composition. YS and LIKE!
I stopped at Pano for a while, so my site is indeed not changed. Sorry, I don't know when I'll come back.
Wish you all the best! Warm greetings from Ria
They stand so alone these beacons of the sea. A guiding light for sailors in treacherous waters, and a lonely life for the keeper and his family.
A most beautiful photo Mark, and excellent information too. Thank you.
Warm greetings, Amelia
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Photo taken in Shetland Islands, UK
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