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Arbroath Signal Tower Museum, Arbroath

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The Signal Tower is a museum in the coastal town of Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.Working lifeOriginally built in 1813 as a base of operations for the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse, the Signal Tower housed the families of the keepers stationed on the 'rock', along with the vital shore staff who ran the tender. The name Signal Tower comes from the signalling apparatus installed atop of the tower building that was used to communicate between the shore staff (the Master Of The Tender) and the keepers of the lighthouse. An identical set of signalling apparatus is installed atop the lighthouse itself. Installed within the Signal Tower was a small observatory outfitted with a powerful telescope; it was through this telescope that the signalling apparatus on the lighthouse was monitored during the day. In an age before wireless communications, the ball system employed by the Bell Rock was seen as state of the art technology. At night, any fluctuation to the light would see the supply vessel set sail for the 'rock' to investigate.The signalling apparatus worked with a ball hoisted up and down a pole. The Master of the Tender or one of his staff was responsible for keeping watch between 9am and 10am, during which period the lighthouse keepers would hoist the ball up to the top of the pole if all was well. During foggy weather, the watch was postponed to 1pm. If the ball did remain down, it usually signified a major emergency such as a chronic shortage of provisions or illness of one of the lighthouse keepers, in any case, the tender was launched and would sail for the lighthouse as soon as possible. In 1955, with the advent of helicopters and faster boats, staffing for the lighthouse was carried out from Leith, home of the Northern Lighthouse Board.
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  • even for a local resident the signal tower museum still amazes and full of history it is worth a visit  more »
  • The Signal Tower Was originally the shore base for the Bell Rock Lighthouse (the world's oldest sea-washed lighthouse) visible on a clear day just over 11 miles out to sea. Appropriately, the museum i...  more »
  • This tower deals with several aspects of Arbroath Life gone bye and today life. In days gone bye the building of The Bell Rock Lighthouse out at sea and the rigours of life of the keepers when \bad we...  more »
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  • Publicly run museum with free entry covering the fishing industry of Arbroath which is now mainly restricted to lobster fishing and sea angling.
  • A very nice free museum detailing the construction of and the life on the nearby Bell Rock Lighthouse. Very informative and interesting!
  • Excellent museum definitely worth the visit..
  • visited the museum in June 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed the displays. Wish we had museums like this is Australia. The stuff on bell rock is fascinating as is the history of Arbroath and all the old photos are great, Well done to all who have created this. I also attended the talk by the last lighthouse keeper of bell rock and thanks to Kirsten for helping to get me a seat. She s a friendly and knowledgeable person to have at the front desk and followed through with request to attend talk. martin

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