- Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
Infobox_lighthouse|name= Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
location= Tarbat Ness
Portmahomack, Highland, Scotland
coordinates = 57°51.8’N 03°46.6’W
elevation= 53 m
range= 44 Km (white),
37 Km (red)
shape= Conical tower
height= 41 m
characteristic = Fl. (4) white every 30 secs
marking = White with 2 red bands
The Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula near the fishing village of
Portmahomackon the east coast of Scotland. It was built in 1830 by Robert Stevenson and has an elevation of 53 metres and 37 steps to the top of the tower.
A storm in the
Moray Firthin November 1826 saw the loss of 16 vessels and brought many applications for lighthouses to be constructed at Tarbat Ness and at Covesea Skerries.
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson for the
Northern Lighthouse Boardand the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse which cost £9,361. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland behind North Ronaldsayand Skerryvoreand is notable for having two distinguishing broad red bands.
Earthquake shocks were sometimes reported and Tarbat Ness once shook so that the shades and lamp glasses rattled.
* [http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/tarbatness.htm Northern Lighthouse Board history of Tarbet Ness]
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