Today in Transportation History – March 10, 1960: An Important Lighthouse for South Africa

The fully automated Milnerton Lighthouse went into service on the western coast of South Africa. The 69-foot-tall concrete structure, which is one of the few cylindrical lighthouses along the entire South African coast, is located in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean’s Table Bay. The lighthouse specifically stands on a section of Milnerton known as Woodbridge Island, which separates a local lagoon from the bay.

Milnerton Lighthouse was built as part of a comprehensive plan to provide new navigational aids in a region long regarded as one of the most hazardous stretches of coastline in South Africa. Milnerton Lighthouse plays a pivotal role, along with the lighthouse situated about 10 miles away on Robben Island, in guiding and protecting vessels as they make their way through the frequently turbulent waters of Table Bay. Milnerton Lighthouse is not open to the public, but it has still managed to become a popular landmark over the years.

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