BIG LIGHTHOUSE SCHEME
THE QUEENSLAND COAST. The recommendations of Commander Brewis, R.N., on the lighting of the Queensland coast from Cape Moreton to Torres Straite have been made public. Exclusive of local, and leading lights! there are at present thirty lights along the coast— eleven on the mainland, six; teen on islands and reefs, and three on lightships. "The proportion' is one coastal light to every 51 miles. If the Commander's recommendations are carried out the proportion will be one coastal light to every 23.6 miles of coastline, or an additional thirty-four lights, which, with those already in existence, will make a' total of sixty-four. The carrying out of the recommendations will involve an expenditure of £50,000. Compressed acetylene gas, with a luminosity amounting, in some cases, to 5000 candlepower, is to be ueed. According to tho proposed scheme, a great many of the new and existing lights are to be unattended, and these will be operated by the heat of the sun, thus obviating the necessity for the employment of keepers. The new system of flashing is extensively used on the coast of France. The following existing lights ay« to be taken' over by tho Commonwealth: — Cape Moreton, North Point, Hummock, Coloundra Head, Double Island Point, Sandy Cape, Lady Elliott Island, Bustard' Head, Gafccombe Head, Capo* Capricorn, Little Sea Hill, North Reef, Flattop, Dent Island, Cape Bowlthg Green, Cape Cleveland, Bay Rock, North Barnard, Point Douglas, Low Island, Rocky Islelj, Archer Point, Graesy Hill, Pipon , Island Reef, Goode Island, Booby Island, Claremont Island Lightship, Piper Island Lightship, Spare Lightship, Cairns, ana twenty-three beacons in Torres Strait*. The lights at < Pine Islet and North Head (Port Denison) are to be discontinued. Storm signals are to be exhibited at lighthouse stations wherever it is possible for a passing steamer to approach near enough to read them. Unattended acetylene group flashing lights of 1200 candle-power (dioptric) are recommended for the Carpentaria Lightship, Ince Point, Eborac Island, Albany Rock, Caiincroßs Island, Hannibal Is> land, Clarke Island. Piper Island Reef, Restoration Rock, Chapman Island Reef, Tin-tin Reef. Heath Reef> Hannah Island, Dhu Dhu Reef, King Island, South Ban-on Passage, Coquette Island, Saddle Island, Three Isles, Little Fitzroy Island, Russell Island, Brush Island, South Island, White Rock, Middle Head Island, Esbelby Island, Brampton Island, and Prudhoe Island ; also a spare lightship of the same candle-power, with submarine bell. At Pine Peak Island and. High Peak Island similar lights, but of 5000 candlepower, are recommended } while at Breakfiea Spit a lightship, with unattended acetylene group flashing dioptric 1200 candle-poWer light, is recommended to be anchored three miles north of the Spit. A 240 candle-power unattended acetylene light is also recommended for Hammond Rock, and one of 400 candle-power for Turtle Island.
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