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The candy-striped Elbow Cay Lighthouse is the iconic symbol of Hope Town.

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Built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service in the 1860’s, it is the only remaining manually operated lighthouse in the world, (so they claim).  A keeper lives onsite in order to wind the light every two hours – all night long.  Light is produced by burning pressurized Kerosene oil with a wick and mantle, then concentrated via a Fresnel lens.  The resulting beam is visible for 17 miles.

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One hundred plus steps wind around its inside like a nautilus shell.

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On the way up, stop for a breather and enjoy the view – Motu Iti is the middle boat.

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When the steps turn into a ladder – you are almost at the top.

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Then duck through a small opening,

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with an adorable little bronze handle.

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Spend some time enjoying the view from a walkway that encircles the lighthouse just below the lens.

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You can see the entire harbor to the east, (Motu Iti on the far left and the froth of the Elbow Cay reef in the distance),

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and the Sea of Abaco to the west.

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Yesterday, a group of industrious elves decorated the lighthouse for the holidays, stringing white lights around and about the catwalk.

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And from the catwalk to the ground.

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A beautiful sight.

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Let the holidays begin.

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