Keeper of a million candles
New electric compressors operated the fog horn and a new fog detector was to be installed. In a separate building, a radio beacon transmitted Mull of Kintyre’s own signal 24 hours a day across a 100-mile radius. John was not sorry to see the old, now obsolete, machines phased out. ‘It was sometimes a job to get them started and so much work looking after them especially with so much brass to polish,’ he explained. ‘They did their work, and they’re due retirement.’
Principal lighthouse keeper John Harrow, pictured through the lens which magnifies light.