Grand Turk Lighthouse – a beacon of hope to many a sailor

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The Turks and Caicos archipelagos, located south of the Bahamas, is by and large unknown to most people, but travellers who have been to these beautiful islands, know that it is best associated with secluded beaches, coral reefs, and luxurious resorts, like the COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, for instance, a Caribbean luxury resort with its own private island. The largest of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the capital, Grand Turk island. According to legends, it was here that the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his expedition in search of the New World.

Grand Turk is home to several notable colonial buildings and structures, as well as the Turks and Caicos National Museum. A historical landmark and one defiantly worth visiting for its spectacular view over the coastline, is the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Situated on a limestone hill at the northern tip of the island, the lighthouse was built in 1852 to warn ships off before they ran aground on the shallow reef that surrounds the island. Measuring 60 feet tall, it was initially constructed in England, before it was brought over in pieces and reconstructed on the island. It has been carefully maintained over the years, and is still in use today, after some modern upgrades, of course.

Initially, the warning light was created through the use of kerosene lights and a powerful lens. During its early days, before the lighthouse had electricity, the lighthouse keeper would stay up all night to supervise the kerosene lamps, and sleep all day in the lighthouse keeper’s house. The lighthouse and adjacent, lighthouse keeper’s house is a historic landmark, and is protected by the Turks and Caicos National Trust. The lighthouse provides a decent amount of shade during the day, making it a prime spot for picnics and family outings. It’s also a great location for whale watching during the whale season, between February and March.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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