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Merchant Shipping—Lighthouse On Coningbeg Rock—Question

Volume 229: debated on Monday 29 May 1876

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asked the President of the Board of Trade, If any steps have been taken to erect a lighthouse on the Coningbeg Rock, outside Waterford Harbour, as recommended by the Board of Irish Lights?

Four years ago, Sir—namely, in March and April, 1872—the Board of Trade and the Trinity House suggested to the Commissioners of Irish Lights that a careful survey of Coningbeg Rock should be made, in order to determine the practicability and probable cost of carrying out the proposal which these Commissioners had made to place a lighthouse on the rock, in lieu of the light-vessel now stationed there; but the Board of Trade have heard nothing further on the subject from the Irish lighthouse authority. At the same time, the Board of Trade authorized the Commissioners of Irish Lights to place a powerful fog signal on board the light-vessel. I may add that in 1843 attempts were made to erect a pile lighthouse on this rock, which were not successful, and were abandoned.