I Give It Ten More Years

Yes, the lighthouse has been standing for over a century, but it started leaning recently and it is bound to collapse.  The leaning tower of Pisa seemed to defy the laws of physics and work was done on it to straightened it up in 1838, 1934 and 1992.  The Tower started leaning in 1178, because the soil underneath the foundation was not strong enough to carry all of its weight.  This project cost millions and the Pisa tower is accessible, so they could get big machines to help out with the work, where as this lighthouse is remote and basically there is no way to approach it other than by ship.  It is a beautiful lighthouse, but it will be much cheaper to tear it down and build a new one, than to invest time and money on restoring this one.  It is sad in a way, but the lean is being monitored constantly and as soon as the budget allows it, a new one will be constructed.  It is top heavy and nothing is going to stop gravity from taking it down.

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #79.

15 thoughts on “I Give It Ten More Years

  1. Another blogger mentioned that it’s listing, and you’ve caught that too. It would be sensible to build a new one but a loss nonetheless. Thanks for joining in Jim.

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