The 2nd Lighthouse In British Era Madras, 1855 Photo

The 2nd Lighthouse In British Era Madras, 1855 Photo

The 2nd Lighthouse In British Era Madras, 1855 Photo

An 1855 photo of the 2nd lighthouse built during the British era in 1844 in Madras. This famous beacon is situated on the northern side of Fort St George, it was in use till 1894. Constructed on the Esplanade in Black Town, later George Town. The fluted lighthouse was designed by a Britisher, Captain J. E. Smith. It has a height of 125 ft (38m), and the lantern is placed at a height of 117 feet.

The parabolic reflector would beam light up to 32 km (20 miles) into the sea. In 1894 this 2nd lighthouse in British-era Madras (Chennai) was deactivated. Since a new lantern had been installed on the main tower of the Madras High Court in 1894. Which is just adjacent to the old lighthouse. The high court is not in this picture because it came up only in 1892. A close-up shows people standing at the base. And a partial view of the Esplanade and the surrounding buildings can be seen. Click on the image for better view.

Did you know – the high court’s main tower lighthouse ceased operation in 1877 after a new lighthouse was built. It has since been renovated and restored in 2018.  

From the collection – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#14)., Bangalore Club Where Churchill was a Member – Old Postcard., Bombay Prince of Wales Museum As Hospital, 1917., Route Of The SMS Emden In WWI – Vintage Map 1930.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.




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11 x 9 inch

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uknown Britisher