#MuseumFromHome – Day 211

Posted by Tenby Museum on Nov 4, 2020 Blog No Comments

Day 211 of our #MuseumFromHome project and today we look at the Woolhouse Beacon.

The Woolhouse Beacon was situated on the Woolhouse rocks in the stretch of water known as Caldey Sound, beyond St Catherine’s Island. It was an unlit seamark, erected in 1842. It cost £4237 8s 8d to construct. It consisted of a spherical iron cage on top of a stepped granite cone and iron mast and extended to a height of 11.2 metres (approximately 37 feet) above mean high water level.

It was intended to accommodate shipwrecked sailors until they could be rescued. Estimates of its capacity range from eight to eighteen men.

In 1870 the tinder ship ‘Wolf’ was engaged in replacing the large iron ball on top of the beacon. The beacons feature in the charts current at the end of World War I. It was replaced by a buoy in 1929.

Pictured also is an artistic interpretation of the beacon as well as part of the globe from the beacon, recovered from the seabed in September 1982.