Sunday, November 05, 2006

DURNFORD - Zululand North Coast

DURNFORD LIGHT – Zululand Natal North Coast

You will need a 4X4 vehicle to get to this one as it is situated along a dirt track through a rural residential district. I was pleasantly surprised to see a white concrete tower that has replaced the aluminium lattice structure which is still standing but badly corroded. The tower is cylindrical and supports a square platform which houses the light. Access to the light is by means of a vertical ladder inside the tower. Although the light is automatic, two armed guards are stationed at the lighthouse to prevent theft (mainly of the batteries). The headland that Durnford takes its name from, is named after Colonel A W Durnford of the Royal Engineers who was killed during the Zulu War.

"There’s a call comes ringing over the restless wave,“Send the light! Send the light!” "Hymns from e-Sword"

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