On This Day in Trinity House History – 31 August


Notice of Centenary of Bishop Rock Lighthouse in Flash Magazine

A notice of the centenary of Bishop Rock Lighthouse is published in Trinity House’s Flash Magazine:

“To mark the occasion of the centenary of Bishop Rock lighthouse, special services were held at St. Mary’s Isle of Scilly this weekend.

On Sunday August the 31st special services were arranged at the Church at St. Mary’s by the Chaplain the Rev. J.Gillett. The Church was very full for both services, the preacher in the morning being the Assistant Bishop of Truro, Bishop Wellington. The lesson was read by Captain Sergeant, the Chairman of the Visiting Committee on THV Patricia. At the evening service the preacher was the Rev. J. Gillette and the lessons were read by the Deputy Master and by Captain Catesby, Master of Patricia. Collections were taken for the benefit of Lighthouses and the the Bishop Rock.

Patricia was laying out in the roads, whilst Satellite was along-side the pier at St. Mary’s on Sunday and open to the public during the afternoon.

Satellite anchored in the roads again on Monday and during the afternoon a special service was held on her foredeck, to commemorate the actual day of the centenary. A congregation of about 200 people was taken on board and addressed by Captain G.L. Parnell of the Missions to Seamen, and the prayers and blessings given by Bishop Wellington; the service was conducted by the Chaplain of St. Mary’s. The collection was taken towards providing television for the Wolf Rock Lighthouse, a set already having been provided for the Bishop Rock by the Scilly Islanders. Whilst the service was being held on Satellite, Patricia, with the Visiting Committee on board, visited the Bishop Rock Lighthouse; owing to weather conditions the Committee were unable to land. Parcels and mementos of the centenary were however delivered by rope to the Keepers on the Lighthouse. To mark the occasion all surviving Principal Keepers of the station have been presented with a granite paperweight in the form of a lighthouse by the Chaplain of St. Mary’s.”

During the centenary celebrations at Bishop Rock, the following messages were telegraphed over the air from lighthouse to lighthouse:

Round Island to Bishop Rock:

“As your nearest neighbouring Lighthouse, our best wishes on the centenary of Bishop Rock. We feel the Bishop will continue to remain steady, for the next hundred years. Best of luck for the future from us all.”

Wolf Rock to Bishop Rock:

“The Wolf Rock Keepers offer their heartiest congratulations to Bishop Rock on reaching its centenary, May that trusted light keep turning for many years to come. Very best of luck from all here.”

Bishop Rock Lighthouse internal plaque

Bishop Rock Lighthouse internal plaque