Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Water Wheel

This wheel was built in 1895 to supply water for the builders of the lighthouse (Wishart and Davies) and later to the lighthouse keepers' cottages.
Limestone for the lighthouse was taken from nearby Quarry Bay while the water wheel provided water to mix mortar.

The water was supplied to the wheel by a natural spring located in the wetland to the right.


Water travelled along the wooden flume.
As water flowed over, the wheel revolved activating a ram pump, which piped water to the lighthouse.
It operated day and night delivering about one litre at every stroke.

The water in the spring has dropped over the years and now water to the wheel is pumped by an electric motor to keep it moist and prevent drying and cracking.
The wheel is now encrusted in calcified lime.


 

 

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Last updated: Friday, 04.06.2010 12:59 PM