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Seal Point:

South African Lighthouse No. 17

Image Credit: Cape St Francis News

The Tall One

At almost 28 metres, the St Francis lighthouse is the tallest masonry lighthouse in South Africa (ie it has obviously been struck by lightning more than once).

Its construction also proved to be extremely difficult - the rough terrain hampered logistics, the original builder passed away before the structure could be completed, and his successor managed to complete the lighthouse in just two years, but seem to have used brackish water, which caused plaster rot on some of the interior walls.

Fortunately, despite all the setbacks, the basic structure remained intact and Seal Point Lighthouse has been guiding ships to shore since 4 July 1878.


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