The Butt of Lewis LightHouse
David Stevenson built the lighthouse in 1862,who was at the time Engineer to the
Northern Lighthouse Board, Little is known of the Station's early days, though the
first light was probably a fixed rather than flashing, A plaque in the Lightroom
indicates that the present equipment was installed in 1905, when the characteristics
of the light was one flash every twenty seconds. In 1869, paraffin is known to have
replaced the vegetable or fish oil hitherto used as the light source, and indeed
continued in use until 1976, when it was replaced by electricity. The lens revolves
around the light, thus giving the familiar flashing effect.
The station became the
radio link for the keepers on the isolated Flannan Islands in the early 1930's, and
continued to function as such until 1971, when the Flannans was demanned, and the
light made automatic. Today, the Butt of Lewis acts as the monitoring station for
the automatic light on the Flannans, North Rona and Sula Sgeir and is the radio control
station for the North Minch area.
The Butt of Lewis was manned by three Keepers who
lived at the Station with their families. The Station's claim to fame, according
to the "Guinness Book of Records" some years ago is that it was the windiest spot
in the United Kingdom. (I can vouch for that a force 8 was blowing at the time of
taking this image)
The fog signal at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was discontinued
in 31 March 1995.
The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was automated on 30 March 1998 and
is now remotely monitored from the Board’s headquarters in Edinburgh.
The Butt of
Lewis is also one the General Lighthouse Authorities transmitting stations for Differential
Thanks for looking, see you next time!