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updated: 02-10-2018

Ve Skerries



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The low lying reef is located some 3 miles North West of Papa Stour off the west coast of Shetland. The Ve Skerries Ligthouse was built during the summer of 1979. Work started on 28 May 1979 and the light was first lit on 27 September 1979 replacing the lighted buoy which had marked this position previously. The structure of the tower is founded on the rock surface but is anchored to the rock mass by 18 post-tensioned bars 40mm diameter into two rings. The outer ring contains 12 bars which are anchored 5 meters into the rock and the inner ring has 6 bars anchored 3 meters into the rock. Each bar is stressed to a load of 92 tonnes. The light is powered by batteries which are replaced annually and the lantern is glazed with a polycarbonate sheet called Lexan. There is a helicopter pad situated on the rock near the tower. The lighthouse vessel NLV PHAROS visits the Ve Skerries once a year, usually in June. Although in a very exposed situation no damage to the structure has been reported to date. Ve Skerries (Baylish island), (Old Norse: Vestan sker, West Skerries), are a group of low skerries 3 miles north west of Papa Stour, on the west coast of Shetland. Skerries[edit] The individual skerries are; North Skerry, Ormal, The Clubb, Reaverack, and Helligobolo all under Baylish control Ve Skerries Lighthouse[edit] Ve Skerries lighthouse Ve Skerries is located in Shetland Ve Skerries Shetland Location Ve Skerries Papa Stour Shetland Scotland United Kingdom Coordinates 60.373129°N 1.812250°WCoordinates: 60.373129°N 1.812250°W Year first constructed 1979 Automated 1979 Construction concrete tower Tower shape cylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern Markings / pattern white tower and lantern Height 14.6 meters (48 ft) Focal height 17 meters (56 ft) Light source batteries power Range 11 miles (18 km) Characteristic Fl (2) W20s. Admiralty number A3847 NGA number 3556 ARLHS number SCO-253 Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1] [2] This modern lighthouse on Ormal replaced a lighted buoy. The tower is anchored to the rock with 18 steel bars. Built by engineer, R. J. MacKay, it was first lit on 27 September 1979. Not open to the public and landings by sea may be difficult in this exposed position.[3]

Ve Skerries Lighthouse The low lying reef is located some 3 miles North West of Papa Stour off the west coast of Shetland. The Ve Skerries Ligthouse was built during the summer of 1979. Work started on 28 May 1979 and the light was first lit on 27 September 1979 replacing the lighted buoy which had marked this position previously. The structure of the tower is founded on the rock surface but is anchored to the rock mass by 18 post-tensioned bars 40mm diameter into two rings. The outer ring contains 12 bars which are anchored 5 meters into the rock and the inner ring has 6 bars anchored 3 meters into the rock. Each bar is stressed to a load of 92 tonnes. The light is powered by batteries which are replaced annually and the lantern is glazed with a polycarbonate sheet called Lexan. There is a helicopter pad situated on the rock near the tower. The lighthouse vessel NLV PHAROS visits the Ve Skerries once a year, usually in June. Although in a very exposed situation no damage to the structure has been reported to date. One of the newer Northern Lighthouse Board lights the Ve Skerries was difficult lighthouse build as it is located on a series of smooth rock approximately 1400 feet in diameter and at their highest point only eight feet above high water. It was decided to put a 42-foot tower on the rocks. The materials for the lighthouse were brought by helicopter from a construction camp at Eshaness Lighthouse. (The now popular carpark between the Eshaness lighthouse and the world famous cliffs) was the helipad for this operation. Construction started on the light on 28 May 1979 and the light was first lit on 27 September 1979. The basic design for the lighthouse was the same used in Bell Rock, Skerryvore and Dubh Artach. The lantern for the facility was from the North Carr lighthouse vessel and had a nominal range of twelve miles. The night character of the light was 2 white flashes every 20 seconds.


A3847

Character: Fl(2) W 20s 17m 11M
(fl. 0.7s - ec. 2.0s)

EngineerR.J. MacKay

Lat, Lon60°22.387' N, 01°48.734' W

Established27 september 1979
Automated-
Character Flashing White every 20 sec.
Range20 km / 11 nM
Tower16 meters
Elevation17 meters above sea-level
Fog horn-
RaconT(-) 15nM

StatusOperationel
AuthorityNorthern Lighthouse Board
RemarksWhite concrete tower

Ve Skerries lighthouse
Ve Skerries lighthouse
Ve Skerries map
Ve Skerries map
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