Ve Skerries Lighthouse
The Ve Skerries are very dangerous rocks off
Papa Stour island. This low lying reef is located some 3 miles North West of Papa
Stour off the west coast of Shetland.
The Lighthouse was built on the small island of
Ormal and lit in 1979,
replacing the lighted buoy which had marked this position previously.
The structure of the tower is founded on the
rock surface but is anchored by 18 post tensioned bars 40mm diameter into two
rings. The outer ring contains 12 bars which are anchored 5 metres into the rock
and the inner ring has 6 bars anchored 3 metres into the rock. Each bar is
stressed to a load of 92 tonnes. The construction site was based at the
Esha Ness Lighthouse.
The light is powered by batteries which are
replaced annually. A lighthouse vessel visits once a year, usually in June.
However there is a helicopter pad situated on the rock near the tower.
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