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Point of Ayre fog signal station
Point of Ayre, north coast of the Isle of Man
Point of Ayre fog signal station
associated engineer
Not known
date  1906
era  Modern  |  category  Lighthouse  |  reference  NX466049
ICE reference number  HEW 936
photo  Paul Dunkeley
Sitting between the Upper Lighthouse and the Lower Lighthouse on the Point of Ayre at the north-east corner of the Isle of Man, is an early twentieth century fog signal station, now disused.
The signal station was erected by order of a Committee of Tynwald — the Isle of Man parliament. It consists of a three storey concrete tower with two air-operated sirens. These produced three low-pitched blasts of sound every 90 seconds as a fog warning. The air compressor stands on the ground beside the tower.
The two nearby onshore lights are associated with the Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers. The upper one (1819) is by Robert Stevenson and the lower (1891) is by his grandson, David Alan Stevenson. Both were commisisoned by the Northern Lighthouse Board, the upper being the oldest lighthouse on the isle of Man.
Research: PD
"Lighthouses of England and Wales" by D. Jackson
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1975
"English Lighthouse Tours: 1801, 1813, 1818"
Diaries of Robert Stevenson ed. D.A. Stevenson
Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, London, 1946
reference sources   CEH North

Point of Ayre fog signal station