TELEGRAPH TOWER TO BE A SEMAPHORE STATION AGAIN

The Telegraph Tower will return to its original purpose to celebrate 200 years since it was built.

Leaseholder Peter Laverock, who currently lives in the building, hopes to create a historical re-enactment of the semaphore station, which operated for two years from 1816 for the effective deployment of ships of war, both during conflict with France and, later, against privateers.

 

"This is a piece of totally forgotten island history," he said. "The Tower wasn't a coastguard station until the 20th century. People don't know about the original purpose of the building.

 

"The signal station was run by Lt John Trinder, who used it to try to catch smugglers by signalling to the customs cutter, CHC Providence.Peter plans to create a full size replica of the original signal from modern materials, which he will operate during live events in June, July and August.

 

"Signalling codes are published on the internet and the public are invited to read the signals during the event," said Peter, who added that he wants to "reassert the true history of the building".

 

The re-enactment will culminate with the August Bank Holiday weekend, when the inaugural Islands’ Regatta will take place.

 

This event, organised by the Island’s Partnership, will host a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate and witness an aerobatic display by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.

 

Peter, a former BBC journalist, has researched the tower at the National Archives in Kew and written a 36-page guidebook called 'Trinder's Telegraph'.

 

The publication will go on sale on the islands in the next two weeks.

 

He also said that he is happy to take visitors around the tower and will lead guided tours during June, July and August.

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