Contest #524 – Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse, Portugal

Most lighthouses are tall so that they get the light out as far as possible. There are a few exceptions that sit on cliffs, and when you add the height of the lighthouse to the height of the cliff, you get the “focal height”.

Ponta do Pargo is small, only slightly more than 14M. But it has a focal height of 316M, making it quite a bit more visible than even the tallest lighthouses out there. On a clear night, Ponta do Pargo can be seen 26 Nautical Miles from shore.

2011-03-05 03-13 Madeira 362 Ponta do Pargo

Those who saw it from way out at sea included:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Rob de Wolff
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Andy McConnell
  • Blaze
  • mehmet durmus

And after the hints:

  • Chris Nason
  • Declan Moore
  • David Kozina
  • Tuxedo Jones
  • Robin
  • Jeather
  • JF