Lighthouses of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent nation
in the Windward Islands of the West Indies, located to the south of St.
Lucia and to the north of Grenada. Although it was originally colonized
by the French, the country was a British colony from 1783 until it achieved
independence in 1979. Tourism in the country has been encouraged recently
by the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on St.
Aids to navigation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the
responsibility of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority (SVGPA).
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the
Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers
are from Publication 110.
- General Sources
in the Caribbean
- Aerial photos posted by Marinas.com.
- Online List
of Lights - Grenadines
- Photos by various photographers posted by Alex Trabas. Currently the St. Vincent photos are by Capts. Theo Hinrichs and Peter Mosselberger.
- Leuchttürme auf den Kleinen Antillen
- Photos posted by Bernd Claußen.
Fort Charlotte Light, Kingstown, October 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Eric Hutton
- ** Fort Charlotte
- 1892(?) (station established 1858). Active; focal plane 195 m (640
ft); three long (1.5 s) white flashes, separated by 3 s, every 20 s.
Light mounted on a short mast atop a 1-story hexagonal wood watch room,
the whole structure resting atop a point of the historic fort. Watch
room painted blue. Eric Hutton's 2007 photo appears above, Trabas has a very distant view by Capt. Peter Mosselberger, Marinas.com has aerial photos of
the fort, and Google has an indistinct satellite
view. The lighthouse
has been repainted since 2004; formerly it was painted white with blue trim. This is a staffed signal station. The site offers an outstanding
view southwestward toward the Grenadines. Fort
Charlotte was built
in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars. Located atop Berkshire Hill on
the west side of Kingstown, St. Vincent's capital. The fort is open
to guided tours; it appears from the photos that the watch room is
often open to visitors. Site manager: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority. ARLHS STV-001; Admiralty J5817; NGA
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: North: St. Lucia | East: Barbados | South: Grenada
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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised November 30, 2011. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2011 Russ Rowlett and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.