Cape Melville Lighthouse

Cape Melville Lighthouse

Cabo Melville Lighthouse 1892.JPG
Cape Melville Lighthouse

Cape Melville Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in the island of Balabac, the southernmost point of the province of Palawanin the Philippines. It is also the southwest corner of the archipelago. The first-order light was constructed by the Spaniards to light Balabac Strait, the treacherous body of water that separates the Philippines from the neighboring country of Malaysia.

The light is displayed from a 90-ft tall (27.4 m) granite tower, located on a hill 1.5 miles northwestward of the tip of Cape Melville, for a total elevation of 297 ft (90.5m) above sea level. The station was built by the Spanish Government as part of their extensive lighting plan for the archipelago. The lighthouse of Cape Melville was first lit on August 30, 1892.

Lighthouses in the Philippines are maintained by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Current condition

The Spanish lighthouse is no longer in service and a white aluminum prefabricated tower with modern solar-powered light was erected near the grounds of the old tower by the Philippine Coast Guard. Because the station is still manned, the original lights and lenses are still intact except for a central glass pane which was stolen by vandals. The tower still retains its original clockwork but is inoperative.

National Historical Landmark

The lighthouse (or Minarit) located at Brgy. Melville in Balabac Island, Palawan was declared as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Published on : 15/02/2018 by Puerto Parrot

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