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Repairs made to lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse temporarily stopped spinning last week, forcing repairs at the 172-year-old landmark.

According to a spokesman for the Department of Marine and Ports, an issue arose with the system used to rotate the lighthouse’s lens.

“As a result, while there was illumination, there was no rotation of the light,” the spokesman said. “During a site visit by a Marine and Ports Services electrician last Monday, the problem was rectified.

“Bermuda Radio has confirmed that the lighthouse was functional and the light was rotating correctly.”

One of Bermuda’s leading tourism attractions, the light’s focal plane is at 354 feet above sea level and aircraft can see its flashes from over 100 miles away.