Friday, 12 November 2010

Darling Harbour, Cape Bowling Green lighthouse

The Cape Bowling Green lighthouse is located at the Australian National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour. It was originally built in 1874 at Cape Bowling Green, a low sandy spit 70 kilometres south of Townsville, Queensland. It was one of 22 identical lighthouses built on the North Queensland coast to guide vessels around the Great Barrier Reef, where many ships had run aground. The frame of this 22 metre high lighthouse was built from local hardwood and clad with iron plates from Britain. It was staffed by a keeper and three assistants and moved twice, in 1878 and 1908, when threatened by the sea. In 1913, an incandescent mantle was installed, fuelled by vapourised kerosene. It was destaffed in 1920 when an automatic acetylene light was installed, operated by a sun valve. It was replaced by a modern tower in 1987 and then transported to the north wharf of the maritime museum in Sydney in 1994.

42 comments:

  1. I'm glad they are not just tearing these beautiful old lighthouses down, turning them into museums are a fantastic idea.

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  2. I love lighthouses and this one is such a beauty! It's wonderful to know these are being saved and turned into museums, fantastic idea indeed! Gorgeous blue skies as always and gorgeous capture -- as always! Have a wonderful weekend, Jim!

    Sylvia

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  3. Nice lighthouse. I love that is looks to be in an urban neighborhood. That must be nice to wake up to.

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  4. Wow! A refugee from the north :-)

    Very interesting post - thanks!

    tff

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  5. Looks like this one has had quite a checkered career. Nice to see that she has been preserved

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  6. I agree with Ryan, it would be a sin to tear down such beautiful reminders of days past, and of all the ships and lives this light has saved.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  7. Wow, wonderful and interesting in the same time!
    You are invited here, my friend!
    Sorry! Ha ha

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  8. Lighthouses alway have special meaning to me as they are a "guiding light." Beautiful picture.

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  9. Love the perspective in this one.
    Interesting history. Thanks for sharing. My contribute this thursday is a flying dragon stucked and entangled in the wire to a ski lift.

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  10. What a great history for a lighthouse. Years since last seen by me. Please have a peaceful Friday.

    daily athens

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  12. A magnificent photo of the lighthouse with the city in the background, and of course that incredible blue sky.

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  13. Two superb photos. Love the stories behind the structures and the wonderful Sydney sky above them.

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  14. long may she shine!




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  15. Thanks for the background - and such a great crisp picture

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  16. Your sky is spectacularly blue.

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  17. There is something about a lighthouse that is appealing. Though their usefulness is in decline the public can’t bear to lose them. Like endangered species, some man made thing beg to be perserved.

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  18. Hi!
    Amazing to see such a timeless structure amidst all the high rise buildings! What a great shot!
    ~Maria

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  19. So lovely! Love the idea of saving old lighthouses!

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  20. I love lighthouses, they should always be preserved!! Beautiful sunny shot.
    Sunrise

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  21. This is a beautiful lighthouse and much higher than the only one I know in Australia: the lighthouse on Grassy Hill in Cooktown. Grassy Hill is the highest place in Cooktown. Thanks for this information!

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  22. Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work


    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

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  23. I could look at lighthouses all day, I find them fascinating. This one is so beautiful against the blue sky.
    The Road to Here

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  24. Beautiful shot and great lighthouse. I had to look up what a sun valve is, though. Very interesting...

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  25. I love lighthouses and this is a gorgeous shot ! I find them so romantic !

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  26. It looks great. An interesting piece of history.

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  27. I have always liked pictures of lighthouses, and this is a strikingly beautiful picture of this lighthouse with the dreamy clouds in the perfectly beautiful blue sky background.

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  28. Lovely that they have kept it. I love the contrast of the old lighthouse and the new buildings.

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  29. Wonderful image! So glad the lighthouse is being preserved even though it is no longer needed for its original purpose.

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  30. Wow I have never seen a lighthouse in the middle of modern structure. Great capture!
    Looking at the sky

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  31. jim,
    great shots here. i stayed in darling harbour several years ago. great place for photography.
    nikonsniper steve

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  32. well kept history for a beautiful lighthouse.

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