Alfred Eisenstaedt once said “All the photographer has to do, is find and catch the story-telling moment”. If only that where true.
What does the photograph here tell you? Well the sign makes it obvious. Don’t sail try to sail over that piece of water between the lighthouse and land. With the tide in, dangerous rocks are hidden by the sea and any ship attempting passage is likely to run aground or worse still rip the bottom out. But there’s more to this photograph. You don’t need a lighthouse that size to mark a short passage through the sea. that could easily be achieved by a buoy.
No, the lighthouse is there for another reason. It marks the north entrance to the Menai Strait and more importantly the passage between Puffin Island and Dinmor Point on the island of Anglesey. In 1831 a steamer ship called the Rothsay Castle ran aground and 130 people lost their lives in the shipwreck. Master mariners based in Liverpool started a call for some form of light to identify the passage at night but it wasn’t until 1838 that a lighthouse was erected, costing £11,589.
To get to Dinmor Point on Anglesey head east from Beaumaris and pass through Llangoed. The final stretch, about a mile, is a toll road, but you can park for free close to the lighthouse. There’s a cafe, small shop and toilets, but it does get busy in the summer month.