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Lamp from the Chicken Rock lighthouse

Date made: n.d.

Description: This gas powered lamp and lens were formerly in operation at the Chicken Rock lighthouse, off the Calf of Man. It was removed following upgrading of the lighthouse equipment in the 1990s, when the Northern Lighthouse Board undertook a programme of fully automating all of its lighthouses around the coast of the Isle of Man.

The Chicken Rock lighthouse was built between 1869 and 1875, by David and Thomas Stevenson. All of the components, including cut blocks of stone, were collected at Port St Mary before being assembled on the rock. The lighthouse marks a particularly dangerous reef which is almost submerged.

The name Chicken Rock derives from the many Storm Petrels to be seen in the vicinity. These birds are known as 'Mother Carey's Chickens'!

Measurements: various

Materials: glass, metal: iron, copper alloy, brass, paint: oil

Object name: lighthouse equipment

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2003-0137/1

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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