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    Reefs and Lighthouses

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    We saw the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse many times, but did not get out to St. Davids or see the other Bermuda lighthouse on either of our first two visits to Bermuda. It wasn't until we arrived by cruise ship in 2004 and went into the harbor at St. George that we saw the St. David's light for the first time. Then on our 2007 visit, we took the bus out to St. David's and saw the lighthouse from the bus (photo 5) The lighthouse is at the end of Texas Road on Lighthouse Road at Mount Hill.

    Built in 1879 of Bermuda limestone and periodically refurbished, it still serves as a beacon for mariners. Its fixed while light enabled navigators to take cross bearings with the flashing beacon emitted by Gibb's Hill lighthouse in Southampton Parish. The object of the lighthouse was to defeat the activities of the local wreckers and salvagers who would put lights in other locations to lure ships onto the reefs. When the lighthouse defeated their illegal activities, they became fishermen and excellent pilots.

    LIGHTS CHARACTER REMARKS
    St. David's Island Lighthouse
    32° 21.8'N 64° 39.1'W Fixed red and green sectored light below a group flashing white (2)every 20 secs.
    Red sector:

    * 135°T-221°T
    * 276°T-044°T
    * 044°T-135°T

    Green Sector:

    * 221°T-276°T

    (Bearings from seaward)
    Height 212 ft. Range - red and green
    sectors 20 miles. White flashing light 15 miles.

    Between 044°T-135°T both lights partially obscured by land.

    Formerly all white, the lighthouse is now painted white with a broad red band in the center. The keeper's house is occupied by resident caretakers. The tower is open daily May through September It is operated/managed by the Bermuda Department of Marine and Ports Services.

    From the lighthouse's balcony, 208 feet above sea level, there are panoramic views.

    St Davids from the ship St Davids from the ship Aid to Navigations at entrance to St. George's St David's lighthouse from the bus
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    • Cruise
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

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