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The Old Lighthouse, Cape Point | Cape Town - Western Cape, South Africa (IMG_9283_84_85_86_87.jpg)

The Old Lighthouse, Cape Point

The old lighthouse is located 262 m (859.6 feet) above sea level, the new lighthouse is at a lower elevation of 87 m (285.5 feet) above sea level. The old lighthouse could be seen "too early" by ships rounding the point towards the east, causing them to approach too closely. In addition, foggy conditions often prevail at the higher levels, making the older lighthouse invisible to shipping. The new lighthouse cannot be seen from the West until ships are at a safe distance to the South.
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