Lighthouses of Guinea
The Republic of Guinea (the former French Guinea) is on
the southern curve of West Africa northwest of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
It was one of the first European colonies in Africa to become independent,
in 1958. Like its neighbors, Guinea has suffered frequently from political
turmoil at home or in adjoining countries. The one important
port, Conakry, is also the national capital.
Almost no information on these lighthouses is available, so visitor accounts
and photos would be very welcome.
Aids to navigation in Guinea are maintained by the Port
Autonome de Conakry.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume D of the
Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers
are from Publication 113.
- General Sources
- Photos posted by Alain Guyomard and Robert Carceller as part of
their Phares du Monde web site.
- World of Lighthouses - Guinea
- Photos available from Wikimedia.
Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
- Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Boulbinet Light, Conakry, August 2012
photo copyright Murray Crawford; used by permission
- Île Matakong
- 1902. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 12
m (39 ft) white tower. No photo or other information available, and the lighthouse is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on
an island just north of the entrance to the Forécariah estuary, about
50 km (30 mi) southeast of Conakry. Site status unknown. ARLHS GUN-002; Admiralty
D3096; NGA 24648.
- * Boulbinet (Boulbiné, Conakry)
- 1906. Currently inactive; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white or red light, depending on
direction, occulting twice every 12 s. 12 m (39 ft) round masonry tower mounted on a circular concrete base. Lantern removed. Tower painted white, lantern
and gallery red. Guyomard and Carceller have Véronique Nolet's photo showing the original appearance of the lighthouse, and photos
are available showing the lighthouse outside the harbor, with the Îles
de Los in the distance. Stan Breizh has a 2008 photo,
H. Willox has a 2007 photo, the lighthouse has appeared on a postage
stamp, Huelse has a distant postcard
view, a historic photo is available (fourth row from the bottom), and Google
has an indistinct satellite
view. The Admiralty reported the light "temporarily extinguished" in 2011, so perhaps it is to be restored in the future. Conakry, the capital of Guinea, is located on the lee (southeast)
side of a peninsula. Boulbinet is a harbor just inside the tip of the peninsula.
Located off the tip of the peninsula southwest of Conakry.
Site open, tower closed. ARLHS GUN-001; Admiralty D3093; NGA 24636.
- Conakry Dique de la Prudente
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); six very quick white flashes followed by one long white flash every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) square cylindrical skeletal tower. The center of the tower is surrounded by a hexagonal vertically slatted daymark, the upper part painted yellow and lower part black. A photo is available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater of Conakry, about 1 km (0.6 mi) northwest of the Boulbinet lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty D3094; NGA 24640.
- 1906. Active; focal plane 95 m (311 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx.
10 m (33 ft) masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white,
lantern and gallery red. A French Navy photo is at right, Huelse has a historic postcard
view, and a Google satellite
view shows the station. The lighthouse is built cleverly atop
a giant boulder; the boulder and tower together must be at least 25 m (82
ft) in height. This was intended as the landfall light for Conakry, and
the light has a listed range of 48 km (30 mi). Murray Crawford reports that the light was operating in August 2012. Île Tamara is the outermost
island of the Îles
de Los, about 20 km (13 mi) southwest of Conakry. The islands were a
British possession until 1904, when Britain traded them for French concessions
of fishing rights off Newfoundland and Labrador. Located on a steep bluff
on the southwest side of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site apparently
open, tower status
unknown. ARLHS GUN-003; Admiralty D3090; NGA 24620.
Île Tamara Light, Île Tamara, April 2008
French Navy photo
- [Cap Verga]
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 120 m (394 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) mast. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view of the station. Cap Verga is a prominent cape about 130 km (80 mi) northwest of Conakry. Located on heights about 5 km (3 mi) north of the point of the cape. Site status unknown. Admiralty D3088; NGA 24616.
- [Cap Gonzalez]
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) "sheltered pillar," according to NGA. Bing's satellite view shows what appears to be a post with gallery mounted on a concrete pier. No photo available. Located on a shoal off the cape, about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Cap Verga. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty D3087; NGA 24612.
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: North: Guinea-Bissau | South: Sierra Leone
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Posted September 5, 2005. Checked and revised September 10, 2013.
Lighthouses: 4. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.