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The Whalers Bluff Lighthouse
The Whaler's Bluff Lighthouse guides vessels past the treacherous Whaler's Reef into the Portland Harbour.
|LOCATION:||Latitude 38°20'4" S, Longitude 141°36'6" E [map]|
|OPERATOR:||Victoria Channels Authority|
|EXHIBITED:||1859 Battery Point. 1889 Whalers Bluff|
|CHARACTER:||Group Flashing White and Red every 10 seconds|
|POWER SOURCE:||Mains Power|
|RANGE:||15 nautical miles|
|CUSTODIAN:||Victoria Channels Authority|
The Whalers Bluff Lighthouse was originally erected with keeper's quarters on Battery Point in 1859 and was know as the Portland Bay Lighthouse.
It was first lit in that year.
The lantern is catadioptric made in England.
The lighthouse relocated, stone by stone, to it's current position on North Bluff (now Whaler's Bluff) in 1889 to make way for gun emplacements on Battery Point.
Another reason given for the relocation was that it was less vulnerable to attack on Whaler's Bluff.
Dacre Smith in his book notes an interesting written direction at the time of the relocation:
The Whalers Bluff Lighthouse at Portland
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
Whalers Bluff Lighthouse
Photograph: Bob Adams
|DISTANCE :||(Portland) 1.5 km|
|DISTANCE :||(Melbourne) <<>>|
|ACCESS:||Road. Not well signed|
Aerial view of the Whalers Bluff Lighthouse
Photograph: Winsome Bonham
|US Lighthouse Society Tours Australia - Part 2||Bulletin Jun 02|
|Lighthouses From the Air - Part 3||Bulletin Nov 01|
|Australian Lighthouse Tour||Bulletin Dec 00|
|Photographic Expedition||Bulletin Mar 98|
|Seeking details for lighthouse keeper in Victoria - Matthew Edward Mabbitt||Bulletin Jan 05|
|Seeking archival records for Matthew Edward Mabbitt||Bulletin Apr 03|
The Surrounding Area
The Whalers Bluff Lighthouse after a storm
Photograph: Kristie Eggleston
Other Whalers Bluff Sites
|The Portland Lighthouse||Grant Maizels|
|Great Ocean Road Lighthouses - Portland||TGOR|
|The Whalers Bluff Lighthouse||Garry Searle|
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