Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cape Panwa Hotel's Lighthouse

The original purpose of a lighthouse was to warn ships in the local vicinity that there were possible hazards – be it rocks, reefs or harbours close to the lighthouse.

However, as the electronic navigational systems in ships became more and more sophisticated, these 'warning towers' were eventually rendered redundant. So what do you do with an old lighthouse when it is no longer needed?

Put in a pool table, suspend a television, install equipment for a band and set up tables and chairs – The Lighthouse is now a pub in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel.

Much of the original lighthouse equipment is still there, if you look carefully – the most important of which is the “bell”.

When Simon the bartender rings the bell at 9:30 pm it means that it is Happy Hour!


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