Thursday, January 04, 2007

DANGER POINT - Eastern Cape

DANGER POINT – Eastern Cape

This lighthouse was established 43 years after HMS Birkenhead was wrecked on an uncharted reef nearby. A commemorative plaque of this tragedy has been set into the lighthouse tower.
The lighthouse consists of an 18.3 metre octagonal concrete tower which is painted white, and a circular dome, painted red, atop a rectangular frame which houses the light. Adjacent the lighthouse, mounted on its own frame, is an automatic electric fog signal. Danger Point is situated at Gansbaai which is an hour’s drive from Hermanus. It is open to the public and well worth a visit.

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