Foghorn and WW1 centenary  – North Carr’s reborn foghorn is to sound again on June 28th in remembrance of lives lost at sea during WW1

 

North Carr Foghorn WW1
North Carr’s massive foghorn will sound again to mark the centenary of WW1

 “Ships around the world are being urged to mark the Centenary of the start of the First World War on 28th June 2014.
Vessels at sea should fly flags or ensigns at half-mast as part of a call for peace and reconciliation, says UNESCO, the United Nations educational, cultural and scientific agency.
Ships in harbour are encouraged to sound a signal of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war. The starting time is 17.00 UTC/18.00 British Summer Time/19.00 Central European Time.”

From – United Nations agency calls for Centenary remembrance of lives lost at sea during First World War

 

North Carr in Victoria Dock, Dundee
North Carr in Victoria Dock, Dundee

In response to the call (above) by UNESCO for all vessels around the world to help remember those lost at sea during the First World War, (not forgetting those lost on land and in the air) Taymara has built a working foghorn mechanism to replace the original mechanism which was removed from the lighship some years ago.

 

Jimmy fitting the replacement foghorn into position for the first trial
Jimmy fits the replacement foghorn into position for the first trial

The new foghorn has been tested sucessfully and it will be sounded as part of the commemoration ceremony by ships throughout the world at 6pm (28th June 2014)
North Carr will also be flying an original Northern Lighthouse Board ensign (below) at half mast on this day.  Wave 102 are broadcasting an interview with David Kett of Taymara about this WW1 centenary commemoration during Saturday 28th June

 

North Carr Northern Lighthouse Board Ensign WW1
North Carr’s Northern Lighthouse Board Ensign

On a special day North Carr’s original Northern Lighthouse Board ensign will be flying.

 

The huge metal casting sits inside it's own supporting frame and could be rotated through 360 degrees when in service
The foghorn’s “amplifier” – a huge metal casting which sits inside its own supporting frame and could be rotated through 360 degrees when in service

Meanwhile, one deck down (in the fiddley) we have the business end of the foghorn, part of which is a wooden replica of the original fitting.

 

Dave fettling the new mount
Dave fettling the new mount, the better to take our new (working) horn mechanism

 

 

On the day itself - 10 minutes to go. Bob and Jimmy discuss the finer points of making a loud noise
On the day itself with 10 minutes to go. Bob and Jimmy discuss the finer points of making a loud noise

 

 

We know Jimmy's made plenty of loud noises before now - but this one has to be done at exactly 6pm...!
We know Jimmy’s made plenty of loud noises before now – but this one has to be done at exactly 6pm…!

 

 

5 seconds to go...!
5 seconds to go…!

 

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