Monday, May 5, 2014

Little Cumbrae Light - Three Generations

I visited Wee Cumbrae a while back to try to find the tomb of St Bey. Another site I wanted to visit was the historic coal-fired light-tower that sits at the top of the island. As I climbed the hillside to the tower I also had a good view down to the derelict Little Cumbrae lighthouse on the west side of the island. It was built in 1793, automated in 1977, and decommissioned in 1997, when a light beacon was put into operation. 

So from my vantage point on the hillside three generations of Wee Cumbrae lights could be seen. The first photo shows the coal-fired light of 1757; the second shows the Stevenson light of 1793; and in the third photo you can see the light-beacon of 1977.

See this link for Robina McLaren's story of living at the lighthouse when she was 9 years old; and this link for an amazing set of photos of the Stevenson lighthouse.

The 1757 coal-fired light
The 1797 Stevenson Light
The 1977 light-beacon (lower left)

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