The Lizard, or
Lizard Point and all the associated offshore rocks that are at the most southern
tip of Britain, have been a dangerous place at sea through the centuries,
claiming many a grave of ships and seamen. The Lizard Lighthouse holds a
prominent spot on charts marking this dangerous place, and a Lifeboat used to be
stationed here. The new Lizard Lifeboat Station is now at Kilcobben Cove,
sheltered to the east of the Lizard. The importance of a Lifeboat being
stationed here has been no less diminished, though thankfully the wrecks are far
less frequent. It is a dramatic place.
Polpeor Cove and the old Lizard Lifeboat House.
Lizard Point is to the right.
The Lizard on a blustery day with some of the Lizard rocks threatening the unwary.
There are many
more jagged rocks on the reefs just below the surface.
The old Lifeboat House
Lifeboat House and slipway for local boats
Only the smallest of boats here now.
Looking down at low tide it is easy to see how extensive the treacherous rocks are
The remains of the old Lifeboat Slipway - a heavy costruction to withstand the heavy seas
Looking east to Polbream Cove, above which is sited the Lizard Lighthouse
The Lizard Lighthouse - the light already operating in the decreased visibility.
Despite modern electronic navigational methods, lighthouses are still necessary and important to
safe navigation at sea - whether a small fishing boat or a large cargo vessel.
The Lizard Light
Some of the Lizard Rocks in the calm - a good perch for seabirds, probably Cormorants
However, not so safe even in just a heavy chop!
The rescue of the SS Suevic in 1907 - from the information plaques above the old Lifeboat house
Rescue of the SS Suevic
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