Guernsey, Channel Islands
Alderney1912. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); four white flashes, separated by 2.3 s, every 15 s. 32 m (106 ft) stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a single broad black horizontal band, attached to 1-story stone keeper’s quarters. The keeper’s house is occupied by a resident warden who conducts tours of the light station. Dave Wilson’s photo appears at the top of this page, another fine closeup is available, Trabas has a photo, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a distantsatellite view. Alderney is a small island about 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Guernsey, accessible by air or by ferry. The lighthouse guards the Alderney Race (Raz Blanchard), the 16 km (10 mi) wide channel between Alderney and Cap de la Hague, the northwest corner of the Cotentin Peninsula. The Race has some of the fastest and most dangerous tidal currents in the world. Notwithstanding these hazards, in March 2011 Trinity House discontinued the station’s foghorn and replaced its light with a much weaker one. This has led to protests from the harbormasters of Alderney and Guernsey. Located on Quénard Point, the northeastern end of Alderney. Accessible by car or by the Alderney Railway, a tourist attraction in itself. Site open; tower open to guided tours on weekends and bank holidays, or by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Operator: Trinity House. ARLHS GUE-004; Admiralty A1536; NGA 8300.
From a Postcrosser in Switzerland