Bermuda Triangle and the Hillsboro Lighthouse
Don’t look now but Pompano Beach is at the Western-most tip of the Bermuda Triangle. The airport at Pompano Beach was an outlying station of the Naval Air Station of Fort Lauderdale. It was from there that the famous lost pilots of Flight 19 took off in December 1945 and disappeared. But don’t worry, our captains know their business and will always aim to bring you home to our Marina’s. So far they have always succeeded but…
At least we have the famous Hillsboro Lighthouse to guide us. According to Wikipedia, Hillsboro Inlet Light is located on the north side of Hillsboro Inlet, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. The light marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef, an underwater coral formation on the lower east coast of the state.
In 1901, the United States Lighthouse Establishment persuaded Congress to authorize the construction of a lighthouse in the dark area between Jupiter Inlet Light and Fowey Rocks Light. In the second half of the 20th century, this inlet became an increasingly busy waterway. Hillsboro Inlet Light is considered one of the most powerful lights in the world with a beam that can be seen 28 miles (45 km). The octagonal iron pyramidal tower was built at Russel Wheel & Foundry Co in Detroit, Michigan, moved to the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station in 1906, and lit on March 7, 1907. Its second-order bivalve Fresnel lens emits a light measuring 5.5 megacandelas and is placed 136 feet (41 m) above sea level. Automated in 1974, the light acts both as a coastal navigational aide and as a support to local water traffic.
Everyday, we sail past this iconic but re-assuring lighthouse, with it’s distinctive open girder structure. It adds greatly to the beautiful setting of the Hillsboro Inlet that we at BOLO Team are privileged to call our home.