Casquets Lighthouse

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  • About 1722, the owners of ships passing certain dangerous “Rocks called the Casketts” off Alderney in the Channel Islands, applied to Thomas Le Cocq, the proprietor of the Rocks, to build a lighthouse and offered him ½d. per ton when vessels passed the light. Le Cocq approached Trinity House and a patent was obtained on 3rd June, 1723.

    Trinity House decided that a light of particular character to distinguish it from those on the opposite shores of England and France was needed. Three separate lights in the form of a horizontal triangle were proposed, and three towers containing closed fires, i.e. coal fires burning in glazed lanterns were erected. These three lights called, St Peter, St Thomas and Dungeon were first exhibited on 30th October, 1724.

    The lease granted to Le Cocq by Trinity House lasted for 61 years at a rent of £50 per annum. The three Casquets lights reverted to Trinity House (in 1785) and were converted to metal reflectors and Argand lamps on 25th November, 1790; a revolving apparatus was fitted to each tower at the Casquets in 1818, and the three towers were raised by 30ft in 1854.

    The Casquets Lighthouse and rocks have been the scene of many shipping disasters, among them the SS STELLA in 1899 with a loss of 112 lives and the British Man O’War VICTORY in 1744 with a complement of 1,100.

    The three original towers at the Casquets are still in use, although only the North West Tower still exhibits a light. The East Tower contains fog-signal equipment and a helideck is mounted on the third tower.

  • Casquets Lighthouse Weather Forecast

    Light rain on Saturday, with temperatures peaking at 19°C on Saturday.

    Today's Forecast
     Foggy overnight.
     
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      5:16 am    8:59 pm
    Wednesday, May 24th
     Foggy in the morning.
     
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      5:15 am    9:00 pm

    Thursday, May 25th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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      5:14 am    9:01 pm
    Friday, May 26th
     Breezy starting in the evening.
     
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      5:13 am    9:02 pm

    Saturday, May 27th
     Breezy in the morning and light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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      5:12 am    9:04 pm
    Sunday, May 28th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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      5:11 am    9:05 pm

    Monday, May 29th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       0%  82%   3 mph
      5:10 am    9:06 pm
    Tuesday, May 30th
     Partly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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      5:09 am    9:07 pm

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