The two main purposes of a lighthouse are to serve as a navigational aid and to warn boats of dangerous areas. It is like a traffic sign on the sea. Here are five other facts about lighthouses you should know.
We’ve put together a series of 12 podcasts to bring the myths, legends and true stories of Cape Point to you, wherever you are.
In this episode, we learn about the beacons of safety and the brave men that spent a lonely existence keeping ships from ruin when rounding the Cape. We discover how a misguided position and the near-constant mists of Cape Point led to the wrecking of the Lusitania and the construction of a second lighthouse, and resulted in the most powerful light in Africa.
Listen to the rest of the stories of Cape Point here.
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The Cape Point Lighthouses
Let there be light
When the governor of the Cape gave John Osmond ownership of Cape Point’s Buffelsvlei and Uitershoek farms in 1816, he did so on one strict condition.
It’s safe to say that at Cape Point, we love kids as much as they love us. And it’s hardly surprising – there’s a mythical charm that enshrouds Cape Point, which makes it a fascinating place to explore, and a happy hunting ground for youngsters and the young at heart.