Lighthouses of Antigua and Barbuda
- Sandy Island Lighthouse
- 2007 (station established 1875). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); one long
(1.5 s) white flash every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower with
gallery, upper half painted white and lower half red. This light replaced an interesting hexagonal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery built in 1939. The lighthouse was replaced sometime after
Ted Smith's 2006 photo and before Cameron's December 2007 photo. Beasley's view of the light is above, Trabas has Arndt's view from the sea, Huelse
has a historic postcard
view of the 1939 lighthouse, and Google has a satellite
view. The original lighthouse was a 16 m (52 ft) triangular wood skeletal
tower. After suffering damage from several hurricanes, it was replaced by
a more substantial 17 m (56 ft) wood skeletal tower in 1882. Located on a
low island about 8 km (5 mi) west of the harbor of St. John's,
Antigua. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ANT-001;
Admiralty J5690; NGA 14768.
- Pillar Rock
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); green flash every 4 s. Light mounted on a 1-story round brick tower. The tower was probably painted white originally, but very little paint remains. Trabas has Arndt's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the south side of the entrance to St. John's, about 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the St. John's waterfront. Site status unknown. ARLHS ANT-002;
Admiralty J5694; NGA 14772.
- * Danish Motorfyrskib IV Black Swan
- 1920. Decommissioned around 1970. 20.4 m (67
ft) wood lightship, now rigged as a 2-masted ship. Vessel painted black with
white trim. A photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This ship started life as the lightship Halskov Rev. After deactivation, she was sold and converted to a tall ship named Rana and berthed
at Hadsund, Denmark. (The light tower and lantern were removed and are displayed at the
Motorbadsklub in Copenhagen.) In 2005, the ship was sold again and sailed to Antigua,
where it appears as a tourist attraction, a faux pirate ship named the Black
Swan. The ship is available for day cruises, weddings,
and private charters. When in port, it is moored on the St. John's waterfront.
Vessel open to paying customers. Owner/site manager: Pirates
of Antigua, Ltd.
- * St. John's
- Around 1905 (?). Intended as a lighthouse but never activated. Approx.
12 m (39 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted with
red and white horizontal bands. Douglas Cameron's photo is at right,
Lightphotos.net has a closeup, a 2008 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Ad. Hovestadt visited the light in November 2004 and found
it "in a very sorry state" with the "iron steps ... on the
verge of collapse." The situation may not be much better today, but it does appear that the lighthouse was repainted. This light was apparently built as part of a project
to develop a large sugar refinery near St. John's. It was intended as the
rear light of a range, but because it proved to be in the wrong position for that
purpose it was never commissioned. Located on a hill several blocks from the waterfront
of St. John's; the lighthouse is behind Island Motors, an auto
dealership on Independence Street just south of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. Site open, tower closed. Site
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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised December 16, 2016.
Lighthouses: 3; lightships: 1. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.