At 10, Ray took us to the Hope Town Lighthouse. Nana didn't climb the lighthouse on her first trip, so she wasn't going to miss it this time!
The red and white striped lighthouse in Hope Town on Elbow Cay was built in 1862, and is one of the last operational kerosene-fueled lighthouses in the world and one of only three manual lighthouses left in the world. The lamp burns kerosene oil with a wick and mantle. The light is then focused as it passes through the optics of a first order Fresnel lens which floats on a bed of mercury. Elvis, the lighthouse keeper, hand cranks the spring mechanism every several hours to turn the lens and maintain the unique Elbow Cay sequence of five white flashes every 15 seconds. Its light can be seen from 23 nautical miles away.