Bell Rock Lighthouse is being celebrated after 200 years in existence. February 1st marks the anniversary of when the first light went forth from the lighthouse.
On the 17th August, 1807, 24 men sailed out 11 miles from Arbroath to the Inchcape Rock (now known as Bell Rock) to build the lighthouse. Unfortunately, the rock’s surface is only uncovered at low tide and at high water, it submerges to around 16 feet. Building the lighthouse took four years to complete and it wasn’t until February 1811 that the light first shone out. The designer/engineer behind the building was Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), grandfather of well -known writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
So Arbroath is going to throw a party to celebrate 200 years of faithful service both by the lighthouse and those who have worked on or at the lighthouse. This will include boat trips around the Bell Rock, fireworks, a yacht regatta, concerts, talks and a special service in memory of all those who have lost their lives there.
A well-written review was written in the Scotsman: http://heritage.scotsman.com/heritage/Rock-of-Ages-The-Bell.6706557.jp .
There is also a good movie clip at http://www.angusahead.com/Videos/year-of-the-light-movie.asp.
I’ll just finish up with a youtube video from Scotland Revealed that explains some of the history and also what it was like to work at the lighthouse. (I’ve just tried myself and it doesn’t work from my blog but if you click on it, it will take you to youtube 🙂 )