The use of the lighthouse in our branding is significant and makes for an interesting brand story. The Addison family lineage includes a number of lighthouse keepers dating as far back as 1909, and with lighthouse keeping in our blood, we have an ingrained sense to protect and guide.

A lighthouse is a universal symbol for help, reliability, guidance and trust, and as Addsure is in the business of guiding and protecting clients and their assets, it is the perfect symbol to represent what we do in our business.

South Africa boasts some beautiful lighthouses set in some magnificent settings. Here are a few of the most significant lighthouses around the South African coastline:

LIGHTHOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE

BIRD ISLAND – Alexandria / Port Elizabeth

This lighthouse is located on Bird Island which is around 60km from Port Elizabeth. The island is an important breeding colony for sea birds such as the Cape Gannet, with about 65 000 breeding pairs, and African Penguin.
In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias erected a wooden cross on the summit of this island and named it Island of the Cross. Between 1755 and 1978 27 ships are recorded to have been wrecked on the Bird Islands.

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01 May 1873
26 metres
30 metres above sea level
27 sea miles
Group flashing 2 every 20 seconds
Mr B Godfrey
No
BIRD ISLAND – Alexandria / Port Elizabeth - South Africa - Addsure

CAPE HERMES – Port St Johns

Cape Hermes lighthouse is named after the HMS Hermes, which conducted national surveys of the Pondoland coastal waters. This lighthouse is shaped like an octagon and built from local granite quarried from nearby.

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16 October 1904
13 metres
55 metres above sea level
21 sea miles
One flash every 3 seconds
HC Cooper
Yes

CAPE RECIFE – East London / Port St Johns

This is the third oldest lighthouse in South Africa, guarding the entrance to Algoa Bay. It is situated approximately 20km from Port Elizabeth in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve.

Cape Recife is formed by a large rocky spine appropriately called Thunderbolt Reef. It was named after the HMS Thunderbolt which struck this massive reef in 1847.

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01 April 1851
24 metres
28 metres above sea level
29 sea miles
Group flashing 3 every 117 seconds
Lt. Col. Charles C. Mitchell
Yes
CAPE RECIFE - East London / Port St Johns - South Africa - Addsure

HOOD POINT – East London

Hood Point lighthouse is situated on the West Bank of the river, next to the golf course.
This coast has been responsible for more than 85 shipwrecks and therefore has been named ‘Port of Wrecks’. In 1909 the massive Waratah disappeared on this coast with every single one of her 211 passengers; this is a mystery that remains unsolved until this very day.

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04 June 1895
19 metres
55 metres above sea level
28 sea miles
Group flashing 4 every 40 seconds
Messrs Hendry & Pearce
Yes
HOOD POINT - East London - South Africa - Addsure