Slangkop Lighthouse

lighthouse in South Africa

Slangkop Lighthouse is a lighthouse in the town of Kommetjie, near to Cape Town, South Africa.

Slangkop Lighthouse
Slangkop Lighthouse
Slangkop Lighthouse is located in Western Cape
Slangkop Lighthouse
Western Cape
Western Cape
South Africa
Coordinates34°08′55.0″S 18°19′10.0″E / 34.148611°S 18.319444°E / -34.148611; 18.319444
Year first constructed1919
ConstructionIron Tower
Tower shaperound tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height33 metres (108 ft)
Focal height40 metres (130 ft)
Intensity5 000 000 CD[1]
Range33 miles (53 km)
CharacteristicFl (4) W 30s.
Admiralty numberD6110[2]
NGA number113-26064
ARLHS numberSAF-026[3]



The lighthouse was supposed to be built by 1914. A brass made sign was already prepared for the opening. The construction of the lighthouse was delayed because of the start of World War I. It was finally completed in 1918. However, the lighthouse was in use before 1918. HMS Himalaya noted the lighthouse was in use in the ship log on 19 July 1917. The lighthouse officially opened in 4 March 1919. It is a white circular tower made of iron. The height of the lighthouse is 33 metres.[4][5]



  1. "Untitled Document". South African Lighthouses. 1919-03-04. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  2. "Section 1 - List of Lights and Radio Signals". List of Lights, Fog Signals, Radio Navigational Aids and Radio Services (2008 ed.). South African Navy, Hydrographic Office. p. 17. ISBN 9780958407175.
  3. Slangkop Point Archived 2018-03-15 at the Wayback Machine The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved March 22, 2016
  4. Viljoen, Joe (2 January 2009). "Lighthouses of South Africa: Slangkop Lighthouse".
  5. Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.

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