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Chaine Tower Lighthouse

Antrim, Northern Ireland

Location Guide

This lighthouse is a stone tower with a conical roof and it is situated on the west side of the entrance to Larne Lough. It was completed in January 1888 and was erected as a memorial to James Chaine who was MP for Country Antrim.

Chaine Memorial Tower Photo by Anne Burgess

In the background is the lighthouse on Ferris Point at the approach to Larne Lough.

It was first operational in 1899 and was an aid to ships to get past Hunter Rock and into the mouth of the harbour. Its original light was powered by gas and was converted to electricity in 1935.

There is no light keepers accommodation on this lighthouse as it was always built as being an unmanned lighthouse, although it did have a light keeper for a short period between 1900 and 1905, who was also the assistant keeper for the Maidens Lighthouse and accommodation was rented for him in Larne and the tower reverted back to being an unwatched tower.


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Name:

Chaine Tower Lighthouse, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Current status:

Working

Geographic Position:

5451.270' North  00547.878' West

Grid Reference:

D414029  and  NW563576

Ceremonial County:

Antrim

Appearance:

round tower with conical roof

Map Link:

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Originally built:

Current lighthouse built:

Height of Tower:

28 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

23 metres

Character of light:

Iso WR 5s

Character of fog signal:

Range of light:

16 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Commissioners of Irish Lights

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