Discover marvellous Cape Schanck lighthouse on Saturday 13th October for the Cape Schanck Historical Weekend. The historic light is one of the few still operating as it did during the early 1800's. Surrounded by Magnificent historic buildings, the Cape Schanck Lightstation allows visitors to recreate in their imaginations the simple life of a bygone era.
In 1893 on the 28th December the SS Alert sank in deep water close to Cape Schanck. The only survivor was Robert Ponting, the ships cook. Recalling the incident Mr Ponting tells of how, “As he clung to part of a door throughout the night he could see the beam from the Cape Schanck lighthouse, and helped by a favourable current swam towards it, finally touching bottom after sixteen hours in the water.”
Cape Schanck Lighthouse will be running evening tours on Saturday 13th October, every half an hour from 6.00-8.00pm. Daily tours will operate as usual, commencing at 10.00am.
The Historical Re enactment Society will be performing three shows on Sunday 14th October at 12.00, 1.30 & 3.00pm. Dressed in the winter uniform representing, the Naval Brigade of the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, the shows include weapons drill, firing a cannon and flag raising.
A new display in the Museum looks at Instructions to Lightkeepers regarding shipwrecks and rescue equipment. An art exhibition based on Robert Ponting by the students of Boneo Primary School will be on display in the stables along with items from the Re Enactment Society.
Cape Schanck Lightstation,
420 Cape Schanck Rd.
Cape Schanck. Victoria. 3939
Date & Times:
Evening Tours: Saturday 13th October 2007, 6.00-8pm Bookings essential.
Daily Tours: as usual
NAVAL BRIGADE SHOWS
Sunday 14th October 2007 12.00 1.30pm & 3.00pm
Prices: Site entry includes Museum, Naval Show and displays.
Children: $11.00 (3-6 years)
Family Ticket: $38.00 (2 adults & 3 children)
Guided Lighthouse Tours additional Adults:$10.00 Children: $5.00 Car
Parking fees apply in the National Park
Large Bus $22.10