Cape Schanck Lighthouse


Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Infobox_lighthouse
name=Cape Schanck
location= Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia



caption=
coordinates = coord|38.49|S|144.89|E
yearlit= 1859
yeardeactivated=
automated=
intensity= 1,000,000 CD
elevation= 100 metres
range= convert|26|nmi|km|0
foundation=
construction= Limestone
shape=Conical
height= 21 meters
lens=
currentlens=1st order Fresnel by Chance Brothers
characteristic=Mo (N)
marking=White with red lantern dome
admiralty=K2423
NGA=7456
ARLHS=AUS-045

The Cape Schanck lighthouse was built in 1859 as the second lighthouse in Victoria. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. The tower was built from limestone, it is 21 metres tall. The light's focal plane is situated 100 metres above sea level, the light characteristic is the Morse Code letter "N", a long signal of 10.8 seconds followed by a flash. Depending on the bearing of the light, the colours are either white (south to west sector) or red (east sector). Due to its powerful lantern of one million candela and a first order Fresnel lens, which was installed in 1915, the light has a range of 26 nautical miles.

The lighthouse was not only one of the first such buildings in Victoria, it was moreover Australia's first lighthouse tower with stone stairs. During the 1970s and 1980s the facility was restored and has since become an attraction for tourists.

References

*cite web|url=http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/vic.htm|author=Rowlett, Russ|title=The Lighthouse Directory


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