Historic lighthouse fuels warm glow

00:00, Feb 21 2013
Greg Dyer
ILLUMINATING: Port Nelson staff member Greg Dyer checks the light at the top of the Boulder Bank lighthouse.

The new lease of life given to the historic lighthouse on the Boulder Bank has proved a big hit with the public, Port Nelson Ltd chief executive Martin Byrne says.

Port company staff have this week carried out routine maintenance on the diesel generator that powers the light, re-illuminated in August last year, 30 years after it was decommissioned and 150 years from when it was first lit.

The company and Smith and Smith Glass combined to revive the old lighthouse, which now has its lens facing Nelson instead of out to sea. The generator also powers the floodlights used to highlight the structure.

Mr Byrne said yesterday that keeping the lights operating had a negligible cost for a pleasing result.

"It's all going very well and we've had lots of lovely feedback. It's been a very good exercise."

The cast-iron lighthouse, imported from England in kitset form in 1861 and commissioned in 1862, has a New Zealand Historic Places Trust "A" classification.


The Nelson Mail