Break­sea light­house gets tidy-up

Albany Extra - - Extra News -

Al­bany’s Break­sea Is­land light­house un­der­went main­te­nance work by the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity last month.

Orig­i­nally built in 1858 by con­victs, the light­house was re­placed in 1901 and has since un­der­gone nu­mer­ous ren­o­va­tions.

An AMSA spokesman said the re­cent up­keep in­volved a va­ri­ety of jobs, with a he­li­copter used to ac­cess the is­land.

“Break­sea Is­land light­house re­ceived its an­nual main­te­nance ser­vice at the start of Oc­to­ber,” he said.

“The main­te­nance in­cluded power sup­ply and light main­te­nance, struc­ture main­te­nance, in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal cor­ro­sion con­trol and sur­face coat­ing re­pairs.”

The is­land was named by English ex­plorer Ge­orge Van­cou­ver in 1791 be­cause of its “beaten ap­pear­ance” and the pro­tec­tion it pro­vided against the south-west­erly winds.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Benson

Break­sea Is­land light­house.

The spi­ral stair­case in­side the light­house.

Main­te­nance work was done to the light.

The main­te­nance team ac­cessed the is­land via he­li­copter.

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