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Lighthouse, Slangkoppunt
Kommetjie, Western Cape

WT DOUGLASS: Engineer
CHANCE BROTHERS: Contractor

Date:1914-1919
Type:Lighthouse
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
34°08'55.24" S 18°19'09.56" E Alt: 4m

This is the tallest tower on the South African coast at 33 metres. Tenders were invited by WT DOUGLASS, consulting engineer to the high commissioner of the Union of South Africa in 1913, for a cast-iron tower, lantern, optical apparatus, stores, etc. The massive cast iron segments form a tower tapering from 8.6 metres at the base to 3.7 metres at the top. There are five floors each 6.1 metres above the other. The lantern at the top is 4.25 metres in diameter and 6.75 metres high. The lighthouse was commissioned on the evening of 4 March 1919 and the cost of the original installation was £14 359.9.1 (R28 600.00).
(Extracted from Williams 1993:113-114)


Writings about this entry

Hoberman, Gerald. 2011. Lighthouses of South Africa : pocket edition. Cape Town - London - New York: The Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection. pg 72-75
Williams, Harold. 1993. Southern Lights : Lighthouses of Southern Africa. Cape Town: William Waterman Publications. pg 113-114