Cockburn Town in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Overseas Territories — North Atlantic Ocean
Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen
— Grand Turk —
After 1890 the keepers and their families lived in town. The keepers shared a horse, on which they rode to and from the Lighthouse daily for their shifts.
The daily routine of a lighthouse keeper was demanding during times of bad weather, and tedious and boring during good weather, due to the fact that much of the work was routine and repetitive. The oil lamps had to be maintained and kept burning from sunset to sunrise. The tower stairs had to be swept, as did the landing doors, windows, recesses and passageways from the lantern to the kerosene room.
Lighthouse keepers, unlike mariners they served who might take shelter in a calm harbor when storms rushed in from the ocean, were expected to man their stations regardless of climate or weather conditions.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings Lighthouses series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 21° 30.705′ N, 71° 7.971′ W. Marker is in Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands, in Grand Turk. Marker is on Lighthouse Road, on the right. Located at northern terminus of Lighthouse Road at Lookout Point . Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands 00109-9000, British Overseas Territories. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Naval Facility (within shouting distance of this marker); Trouvadore Shipwreck (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Northeast Reef (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? (about 90 meters away); Horatio Nelson Lookout Point (about 90 meters away); The History of the West (approx. 4.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cockburn Town.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on June 4, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.