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Honking the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Foghorn

Mon Jan 09, 2023 11:11 pm

Just a little video from everybody's favorite Gary Brannan visiting the oldest operational foghorn in Britain. Of note, I had no idea that some foghorns used a siren mechanism inside, I thought they were all diaphones! This has to be one of the earliest siren-type things, right? It was active starting clear back in 1906.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL0ls_UpT8w

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Re: Honking the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Foghorn

Wed Jan 25, 2023 1:33 am

Interesting video! Do you think it could be the oldest in the world? It is interesting it is more than 100 years old and still runs.
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Re: Honking the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Foghorn

Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:54 pm

Steam and Pneumatic siren horns of this type date back to around 1859. It was the evolution of these devices that led to the sirens we know today. There are actually quite a few fog horns of this type still in regular service, viewable via YouTube. Thank you for sharing this! it is always a treat to see the inner workings of a compressor room!
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