Steeped in history, Northern Ireland has become an insanely popular tourist destination for all those who want to discover the past buried beneath the streets. Many of you will know that Ireland was the birthplace of the Titanic, and this location is home to the lamp that guided it on its travels. However, could the six-ton lamp, bearing historic significance without a doubt, be removed sometime soon? Let’s find out.
According to Sky News, a lighthouse standing near the coast of Northern Ireland is said to be up against plans to replace its current lamp with an LED alternative. St John’s Point, where the lamp currently rests in a lighthouse, is famous for providing guidance to the Titanic. Because of this, residents are more than reluctant to lose this historic reminder, and a local campaign team has showed signs of opposing the move.
The leader of the group, Eileen Peters, commented, “If that were to go, all you would have would be a thing like a bicycle light or an airport landing light.
“A very ugly LED light at the front of the building, which is a listed building and shouldn’t really be desecrated in that way.”
Opposing this view though is Dublin’s own Commissioners of Irish Lights, who believe the light may have turned into a health risk.
Not everyone is convinced by this claim though, as Chris Murphy said: “Before these lights went automatic, they had to be turned hourly by lighthouse keepers. They had to physically turn the mercury bath, so it’s just nonsense to claim now that this is a health and safety issue. Nobody has suffered from mercury poisoning.”
Amazingly, the lighthouse has been in operation for over 170 years, and many locals claim that it has provided them with security and reassurance, among them is Ross Mulhall, a fisherman.
A resident who lives close-by the lighthouse also commented: “I know the lighthouse is primarily for navigation purposes, but there’s also a sort of magical beauty about it.”
So, what do you think about plans to replace the six-ton mercury lamp with a more modern alternative?
Of course, if you’d like to know more about the role it played in the Titanic’s story, join us on one of our Titanic Tours to learn about the ship in its early stages, as well as the tragedy that occurred in 1912.