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Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands — Caribbean Region (Atlantic Ocean)
 

Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen

 

—Grand Turk —

 
Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen Marker
Inscription. The Grand Turk Lighthouse had two keepers, the Principal and the Assistant. It is believed that before 1890 the keepers may have lived on location at the site of the present-day Pavilion. Meals were prepared in the seperate Bermuda Kitchen, typical of Turks Island architecture.

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.
 
Location. 21° 30.705′ N, 71° 7.971′ W. Marker is in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk. Marker is on Lighthouse Road, on the right. Touch for map. Located at northern terminus of Lighthouse Road at
Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 11, 2011
2. Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen Marker
Lookout Point
. Marker is in this post office area: Cockburn Town, Grand Turk 00109-9000, Turks and Caicos Islands.
 
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); Miramar (approx. 4.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cockburn Town.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 11, 2011
3. Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen
Grand Turk Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 11, 2011
4. Grand Turk Lighthouse
The Historic Grand Turk Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 23, 2008
5. The Historic Grand Turk Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 22 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.
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