Cape Schanck is a lighthouse in Victoria, down below Melbourne at the end of the Mornington Peninsula. I visited there on 20 to 21 April 1987.
Though a lighthouse at Cape Schanck was originally recommended in 1841, building did not start until 1857 and it was started operation in 1859. The lighthouse is 21 metres high and the plane of the light is 100 metres above the sea.
The first image was taken in the early morning at the top of the cliff; the image above was taken somewhat later at the bottom.
Here is a panoramic view of the lighthouse and cottages at Cape Schanck.
You will see the tall metal tower in the middle left. Just a steel ladder with no safety features. I decided to climb it for a sunset shot (with I think my smaller view camera). Half-way up it was feeling increasingly precarious and it no longer seemed like a good idea to be juggling with camera, lens and exposure meter at the top. So I came back down again. The consequence was no sunset shot.
The Nagaoka field camera is visible in reflection in the brass plate and the door handle. I am not there so I must have been taking the exposure with a cable release.
Door handle, lantern room and clockwork mechanism. The lantern room is unusual for its wood panelling. The clockwork mechanism is in fully working condition though it has been functionally supplanted by a small electric motor.
Since Cape Schanck lighthouse is the closest one to Melbourne, it is a popular destination for visitors.