Cabra Island Lighthouse

Cabra Island Lighthouse

Cabra Island First-Order Lighthouse.jpg
Cabra Island Lighthouse


The Cabra Island Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse built on Cabra Island, the north-westernmost of the Lubang group of islands in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. International vessels entering the Philippines from South China Sea were welcomed by the Cabra Light and directed either towards Manila Bay or the center of the archipelago through Verde Island Passage, one of busiest sea routes of the Philippines.

History

The lighthouse of Cabra was the first completed during Spain's revitalized program of lighthouse construction in the Philippines. Construction was started on May 3, 1885, and it was first lit on March 1, 1889. It was also the first of the five first-order lighthousesbuilt by the Spaniards in the latter part of their colonization of the archipelago.

Cabra Island Lighthouse, March 2014

Description

The original light, visible for 25 nautical miles (29 mi; 46 km), was shown from a 67-foot (20 m) high square tower on the west angle of the station. It is visible around the entire horizon except where obscured by Lubang and Ambil Islands.

Current condition

The original lighthouse was replaced by the Philippine Coast Guard with a new solar-powered tower located next to the previous tower under its Maritime Safety Improvement Project. After the replacement, the lighthouse was abandoned and left open for thieves and vandals. The expensive first-order lens were vandalized with the large front Fresnel lenses all gone. The original bronze marker were stolen by thieves and is now replaced by the locals with a white board with the original inscriptions. The roof of the keeper's house and utility rooms have since collapsed. The lighthouse is closed to visitors due to its dilapidated state


Published on : 15/02/2018 by Puerto Parrot

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