Maughold Head lighthouse
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Warning systems (Light, Fog horn, Radar Beacon) Maughold Head The lighthouse replaced Bahama Bank lightship Which had been operated by Trinity House since 1st January 1848 Officially lit April 15th 1914 Character FL (3) 30 sec (fl 0.5,ec 2.0,fl 0.5,ec 2.0,fl 0.5,ec 24.5) 1st Order Stevensons Equiangular Refractor showing three flashes every 30 seconds Lanterns and parapet made by A C Westwood Machine with revolving carriage, Dove and Co Operation of machinery Here Diamond incandescent burner for the illuminant was made by Chance Bros. The fog signal machinery was made by Dove and Co Chance Brothers 55 mm Paraffin Vapour Burner Operation of Lamp Here c1983 250 watt Mercury Vapour lamp Clockwork drive retained Automated 31/3/1993 17/1/18 Sealite Lanterns Type SL-300-1D5-1 Range 15 miles Foghorn--Siren 7 sec burst every 90 sec. first sounded April 16th 1914 From 1930/40 Kelvin Two cylinder Diesel Engines with Alley & Maclellan "Sentinel" compressors Discontinued 1987 Old Engine Room Old Engine Room 2005 _____ Engine Room Diagram Old Engine Room 2005 _____ Old Cooling Tank 2005 Old Engine Room ____________________ Old Cooling Water Tank References Light Range Trinity House/Developement Section Report No.69/AC/IT/RV/1992 Summary Maughold Head Lighthouse has an intensity of 124,000 cd ,giving a range of 20 nautical miles. These figures match theoretical predictions almost exactly. The published range is 22 miles - presumably this relates to an earlier installation at the Lighthouse. HOPE copper mine,Maughold. Situated just below Maughold Lighthouse at SC498914. Copper source at Gob Ny Strona (Maughold Head) where the lighthouse stands 1866/7 not found in commercial quantities. "A History of Kirkmaughold" W & C Radcliffe. 1st order lens pv burner mercury bath 1983 250 watt Mercury vapour lamp 1992 Lens drive electric motor 25/11/16 Lens discontinued Temporary beacon in operation 17/1/18 2*Sealite lanterns Type SL-300-1D5-1 Mounted bi-form Kelvin K2 engines Electric lamp c1983 1992 124,000cd 20 Nautical Miles Trinity house report 69/AC/IT/RV/1992

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Additional information

Maughold Head is the easternmost point of the Isle of Man and the closest point in the Isle of Man to England, being 50 kilometers (31 mi) from St. Bees Head in Cumbria. Maughold Head lies in the northeast of the island, some 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from Ramsey, at the southern end of Ramsey Bay.

After a meeting on 3 February 1909 concerning new works, the board of Trade requested the observations of the Commissioners on a suggestion put forward by Mr Gardner (Engineer) that a fog horn be established at Maughold Head. The suggestion was put forward as a result of a complaint from Lord Inverclyde that the Whitestone Bank Light was often extinguished and on several occasions vesselping had come to grief. There being no light between Point of Ayre and Douglas Head, it was advised that a light and fog signal would be of great assistance to vesselping, but as the Commissioners had other proposed new works in progress it was decided that Maughold Head was not really urgent and would be included in the 1910-11 Estimates. On 26 August the statutory approval was sought from Trinity House. Trinity House declined to give their approval as a fog siren and light were already established at Bahama Bank (Bahama Bank Lightvessel) 4 miles from Maughold Head. The matter was retained for discussion. Trinity House sanction was again sought and it was granted because the Board of Trade had given their approval.

A Mr James MacBeth was appointed as Inspector of Works and Messrs D & J MacDougall of Oban were the building contractors.

Lanterns and parapet made by A C Westwood Machine with revolving carriage, Dove & Co Diamond incandescent burner for the illuminant was made by Chance Bros. The fog signal machinery was made by Dove &Co The estimates was in excess of £11,000 The proposed withdrawal of the Bahama Bank Lightvessel was consequent on the establishment of this station. The light was first exhibited on 15 April 1914. The 77 foot tower brings the lantern to about the same level as the lightkeepers houses on the cliff-top 128 steps above.

Although many Manx names come from the Norse language, no suitable derivation can be found for this name. It is propobably Gaelic although not spelt phonetically like Manx Gaelic and could be from Maug, a plain or meadow, and Allt a burn, the meadow of the burn.

Lighthouse keepers of Maughold Head
Names with brackets (Year) indicates keeper was there - no other information available

YearFrom StationKeeper NameTo StationYear

Tiumpan Head B. Bagg HQ House Officer 1970
1974Douglas Head L. Anderson Retired 1982
D. MacDonald St Abbs Head 1974
1974Langness R. Shand
1975Muckle Flugga T. Georgeson Resigned 1978
G.C. Birse Isle of May 1975
W.B. Crockett Noss Head 1977
1977Douglas Head G.F. Adamson Rubha Réidh 1983
1979SLK N. Douglas Sanda Island 1983
1979SLA A.M. Marshall Killantringan 1985
W.S. Smith Covesea Skerries 1979
1979Langness N.S.Cargill Strathy Point 1984
1982Davaar R.Gatt Point of Ayre 1987
1983Butt of Lewis R. Grassom Langness 1986
1983Maugold Head G. Dugdale Sumburgh Head 1986
1984Hyskier A. MacKay Retired 1986
1985Maugold Head W.J. Norris Ailsa Craig 1986
1986Sanda Island M.R. Williams Langness 1991
1986Kinnaird Head J. Drumond Butt of Lewis 1990
1986Cape Wrath A. Dorricot Muckle Flugga 1991
1987Point of Ayre A. Hutchison Fair Isle 1989
1989Mauglod Head N.S. Cargill Redundant 1994
1990Butt of Lewis D. MacIver R/ALK 1993
1991Sumburgh Head M.A. Young R/ALK 1994
J. Burns Retired 1992
1992Hyskier D. Leslie Rinns of Islay 1993
1992Maugold Head R.J. Daggert Redundant 1995
1993St Abbs Head N. Muir Retired 1995
1993Point of Ayre G. Adamson Redundant 1995
1994Strathy Point M.N. Forge 1995
1994Fair Isle SouthD. Wise Hyskier 1995

Local ALK
1974 A.G. Adamson
1978 A.B. Caine Redundant 1987

1993 D. Fox Redundant 2004

Retained lighthouse Keeper
2004 D. Fox

MATERIALS: Painted masonry tower with metal framed lantern room. Glazing to lantern room. Lower and higher terraces have metal guardings. Internally, metal staircases link concrete landings. External walls are finished internally in white glazed ceramic tiles. PLAN: Cylindrical tower with very slight taper; terrace at base, including housing for former fog horn. Terrace/balcony at top of masonry tower below lantern room. EXTERIOR: Painted masonry tower with feature surrounds to openings. Upper and lower terraces have metal balustrades. Lantern room constructed in metal, with glazing framed in a lattice pattern. Whilst the lantern room has 360 degree glazing, the landward, westerly, facing portion of the glazing is painted black to provide light protection to the former keeper’s cottage. INTERIOR: Spiral stair of 87 steps giving maintenance access to lantern room. As living accommodation for lighthouse keeper was provided in a separate building further up the headland (connected to the lighthouse by an external stairway of 127 steps), the lighthouse tower itself contains no domestic accommodation. Landings are linked by painted metal staircases, with brass capping/trim to openings. Subsidiary Features: The 1st order Fresnel lens and associated equipment, supplied when constructed, is still in place, although modern equipment is now used to produce the tower’s main light.

Maughold Head


Character: Fl(3) W 30s 65m 15M
(2x fl. 0.5s - ec. 2.0s, fl. 0.5s - ec. 24.5s)

Maughold Head lighthouse
Lightcharacter of Maugold Head (click to enlarge the map)
Engineer: David Alan Stevenson (1854-1938)
: Charles Stevenson (1855-1950)

Lat, Lon: 54°17.743' N, 04°18.564' W

Established: April 15, 1914
Character: Flashing(3) White every 30 sec.
Range: 15 NM ~ 27.8 km
Elevation: 65 meters above sealevel
Tower: 23 meters, 87 steps to the top
Init. Costs: £ ?.
Econ. Costs*: £ ?.
*) According to:

Automated: March 1, 1993
Last Keepers: PLK - W.S. Smith
: ALK - J. Daggert
: ALK - A.D. Maclaren
Fog horn: Siren - 1 blast every 90s.
: First sound April 16, 1914
: Discontinued 1987

Status: Operationel
Authority: Northern Lighthouse Board
Remarks: Manx PBR300 - 07/07/2021

Maughold Head Lighthouse

Maughold Head Lighthouse
Maughold Head on early times
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