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I have not sailed in the Adriatic for twenty-five years. I did sail into Trieste on one occasion in 1982. The coast in the Golfo di Trieste is not as interesting as that further to the south. Salvore is a relatively low-lying cape with shoals off it. I can recall taking shelter under it during a Bora. The lighthouse is actually on a smaller cape to the SW but is known by the name of the larger promontory. It was to the NW of Salvore that one of the more sanguinary little battles of the Age of Sail took place in 1812 between French and British units and which saw what was, I think, the last French ship of the line to be taken at sea during the Great War.

Alas, I do not think that you would have seen Salvore Light. It is 119 ft above sea level but some 50 nm east of Venice and if your ship’s course lay to the south you would have been outside its range.


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I have not sailed in the Adriatic for twenty-five years. I did sail into Trieste on one occasion in 1982. The coast in the Golfo di Trieste is not as interesting as that further to the south. Salvore is a relatively low-lying cape with shoals off it. I can recall taking shelter under it during a Bora. The lighthouse is actually on a smaller cape to the SW but is known by the name of the larger promontory. It was to the NW of Salvore that one of the more sanguinary little battles of the Age of Sail took place in 1812 between French and British units and which saw what was, I think, the last French ship of the line to be taken at sea during the Great War.

Alas, I do not think that you would have seen Salvore Light. It is 119 ft above sea level but some 50 nm east of Venice and if your ship’s course lay to the south you would have been outside its range.




...how intriguing, Peter; thanks for those snippets of information.

Our passage last November was Venice to Zadar, and from your information, I agree that it is most unlikely that I saw it; plus, of course, I am not entirely sure what course the ship took out of the lagoons and islands around Venice into the Adriatic ... very interesting information, thanks, indeed.


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On 15 December 1900, a tragic mystery occurred: the three men who manned ths Flannan Isles Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland disappeared without trace.

See: http:www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/historical/flannan.htm . Click on flannan isles within the story to read the full account.

The mystery caught the public imagination and was re-told in a poem by Wilfred Wilson Gibson which the youngsters I taught absolutely loved.


Flannan Isle

"THOUGH three men dwell on Flannan Isle
To keep the lamp alight,
As we steered under the lee, we caught
No glimmer through the night."

A passing ship at dawn had brought
The news; and quickly we set sail,
To find out what strange thing might ail
The keepers of the deep-sea light.

The Winter day broke blue and bright,
With glancing sun and glancing spray,
As o'er the swell our boat made way,
As gallant as a gull in flight.

But, as we neared the lonely Isle;
And looked up at the naked height;
And saw the lighthouse towering white,
With blinded lantern, that all night
Had never shot a spark
Of comfort through the dark,
So ghostly in the cold sunlight
It seemed, that we were struck the while
With wonder all too dread for words.
And, as into the tiny creek
We stole beneath the hanging crag,
We saw three queer, black, ugly birds—
Too big, by far, in my belief,
For guillemot or shag—
Like seamen sitting bolt-upright
Upon a half-tide reef:
But, as we neared, they plunged from sight,
Without a sound, or spurt of white.

And still to mazed to speak,
We landed; and made fast the boat;
And climbed the track in single file,
Each wishing he was safe afloat,
On any sea, however far,
So it be far from Flannan Isle:
And still we seemed to climb, and climb,
As though we'd lost all count of time,
And so must climb for evermore.
Yet, all too soon, we reached the door—
The black, sun-blistered lighthouse-door,
That gaped for us ajar.

As, on the threshold, for a spell,
We paused, we seemed to breathe the smell
Of limewash and of tar,
Familiar as our daily breath,
As though 't were some strange scent of death:
And so, yet wondering, side by side,
We stood a moment, still tongue-tied:
And each with black foreboding eyed
The door, ere we should fling it wide,
To leave the sunlight for the gloom:
Till, plucking courage up, at last,
Hard on each other's heels we passed,
Into the living-room.

Yet, as we crowded through the door,
We only saw a table, spread
For dinner, meat and cheese and bread;
But, all untouched; and no one there:
As though, when they sat down to eat,
Ere they could even taste,
Alarm had come; and they in haste
Had risen and left the bread and meat:
For at the table-head a chair
Lay tumbled on the floor.

We listened; but we only heard
The feeble cheeping of a bird
That starved upon its perch:
And, listening still, without a word,
We set about our hopeless search.

We hunted high, we hunted low;
And soon ransacked the empty house;
Then o'er the Island, to and fro,
We ranged, to listen and to look
In every cranny, cleft or nook
That might have hid a bird or mouse:
But, though we searched from shore to shore,
We found no sign in any place:
And soon again stood face to face
Before the gaping door:
And stole into the room once more
As frightened children steal.

Aye: though we hunted high and low,
And hunted everywhere,
Of the three men's fate we found no trace
Of any kind in any place,
But a door ajar, and an untouched meal,
And an overtoppled chair.

And, as we listened in the gloom
Of that forsaken living-room—
A chill clutch on our breath—
We thought how ill-chance came to all
Who kept the Flannan Light:
And how the rock had been the death
Of many a likely lad:
How six had come to a sudden end,
And three had gone stark mad:
And one whom we'd all known as friend
Had leapt from the lantern one still night,
And fallen dead by the lighthouse wall:
And long we thought
On the three we sought,
And of what might yet befall.

Like curs, a glance has brought to heel,
We listened, flinching there:
And looked, and looked, on the untouched meal,
And the overtoppled chair.

We seemed to stand for an endless while,
Though still no word was said,
Three men alive on Flannan Isle,
Who thought, on three men dead.


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From The Times of July 29, 1839:

" ..... It is stated that another lighthouse will be erected by the Trinity Board at Scilly, the one at present on the coast not being sufficient for the direction of vessels to the anchorages - Exeter Flying Post. ..."



I wonder if it was Bishop Rock lighthouse but I see from the information contained that that was not built until 1847. I was priveleged to see it last year on a cruise round the British Isles, and to appreciate just what a hazardous place the Scilly Isles are for shipping, and how bad it must have been before the lighthouses.



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Is this list of modern day lights of interest?

http://www.scotlights.com/
Michael’s Comprehensive List of Scottish Lights
Michael Spencer, a former mariner and keen photographer, is compiling a photographic list of all Scottish Lighthouses - for tourists who may visit them from the land!

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Viking wrote:
Is this list of modern day lights of interest?

http://www.scotlights.com/
Michael’s Comprehensive List of Scottish Lights
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Yes definitely! I have added a link to this interesting site in my own page of the naval and maritime museums in the British Isles.

Thanks for the URL.

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The Times, December 29th, 1790:

" .... A temporary lantern is erected on the Light House at Hook Tower, at Waterford, by order of the Right Hon. amd Hon. the Commissioners of his Majesty's Revenue, which contains four lamps and reverberators, it is to be seen only at sea in all the necessary points of the compass, and will continue to be lighted every night from sun set till sun rise until the large lantern will be finished. ...

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which contains four lamps and reverberators

I assume the reverberators are some sort of lens. Did they amplify the light?

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OED has:
reverberator-
A reflector for increasing the brightness of a light source in a particular direction; (also) a reflecting lamp. (hist.)


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Thanks for posting the specific definition, Peter.

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As you do, while surfing for one thing, you come across another, and I thought, perhaps, the following photographs of some French lighthouses might be of interest: View here

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Mil Goose wrote:
As you do, while surfing for one thing, you come across another, and I thought, perhaps, the following photographs of some French lighthouses might be of interest: View here


A very interesting selection. Some of them look almost comfortable e.g. the one at Pointe du Millier.


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Mil Goose wrote:
As you do, while surfing for one thing, you come across another, and I thought, perhaps, the following photographs of some French lighthouses might be of interest: View here


A very comprehensive site, with other pages on English Welsh Scottish & Irish lights.

I think that the photos taken by the French photographer Jean Guichard are particularly spectacular. He has long specialised in storm scenes. See his professional web-site.

There are other photos of lighthouses in stormy conditions here.

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The 200th birthday of Bell Rock Lighthouse.


I hope the link/video works for those outside the UK.

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Mil Goose wrote:
The 200th birthday of Bell Rock Lighthouse.

I hope the link/video works for those outside the UK.


Mary, it worked for me here in the USA today. What an incredible construction of the base!

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