Cape Mesurado


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Cape Mesurado, Monrovia, Liberia

About

Date unknown (around 1900; station established 1855). Reactivated (?); focal plane 85 m (279 ft); white flash every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted yellow, lantern red. The photo at right is from a Bureau of Maritime Affairs document posted in 2008 but no longer online. A 2010 photo (first photo on the page) is available, but the lighthouse has not been found in Google's satellite view. Huelse has historic postcard views of the original lighthouse, a square masonry tower, and of the present lighthouse. Cape Mesurado is the promontory on which Monrovia, Liberia's capital, is built. In 2007 the Liberian government was seeking funds to reactivate the lighthouse, and apparently there has been some progress in this effort, although the Admiralty reported the light to be "temporarily" extinguished in early 2011. Located atop a hill at Mamba Point, the northwestern point of the cape. Site status unknown, but probably open; tower closed. ARLHS LIB-002; Admiralty D3105; NGA 24696.

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