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The Cape Spencer Lighthouse

A 1950s beacon was upgraded in the 1970s, and was replaced with the current concrete structure and lantern.

 

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse with the Althorpe Island Lighthouse in the distance. [Photograph: Annette Flottwell]
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse with the Althorpe Island Lighthouse in the distance
Photograph: Annette Flottwell


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 35° 18.2' S; Longitude 136° 52.8' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Group Flash 3 Every 15 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 120v 1000w Tungsten Halogen Lamp
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, Standby Generator
INTENSITY: 25,000 cd
ELEVATION: 78 metres
RANGE: 23 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: 9 metres 

An earlier beacon that preceeded the current Cape Spencer Lighthouse. [Photograph: AMSA]
The "river-style" beacon that preceded the current Cape Spencer Lighthouse
Photograph: AMSA


History

A automatic beacon was established on this point in 1950. The beacon resembled a metal box with a river-style light on top.

A major upgrade was undertaken during the 1970s and the current concrete structure and lantern was erected.

The new tower was also seen as the replacement for the lighthouse on nearby Althorpe Island.

 

Access

The lighthouse on the top of the Yorke Peninsula in the Innes National Park and is easily accessible by road with a short walk to the tower itself.

 

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse. [Photograph: Brian Lord]
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse
Photograph: Brian Lord


The Cape Spencer Apparatus [Photograph: AMSA]
The Cape Spencer apparatus
Photograph: AMSA
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse looking toward Althorpe Island. [Photograph: Brian Lord]
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse looking toward Althorpe Island
Photograph: Brian Lord

The Surrounding Area

The reefs and the vertical cliffs typify this area. [Photograph: Brian Lord]
The reefs and the vertical cliffs that typify this area
Photograph: Brian Lord


The Cape Spencer Lighthouse atop the cape
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Special Thanks to:

  • AMSA for Photographs
  • Annette Flotwell for Photographs
  • Brian Lord for Photographs
  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • AMSA
  • Brian Lord

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