Bishop Rock - The Smallest Island in the World

Bishop Rock - The Smallest Island in the World - Curious as to what is the smallest island in the world? According to Guinness World Records, the smallest island in the world is Bishop Rock located in the Isles of Scilly, about 48 KM from the UK. With a length of 46 meters and 16 meters wide, the island is very small and not an island that can be used as a place to live every day.
If you imagine an island with white sand in the middle of the ocean is a form of the smallest island in the world, you are wrong. Bishop Rock is an island in the middle of the sea near the Isles of Scilly. Bishop Rock does not have beaches, white sand, or coconut trees because the entire surface of the island is a rock. The rock has a depth of about 45 meters. Although small and remote, the smallest island in the world is famous for its uniqueness. What is the uniqueness of Bishop Rock? The uniqueness of this island is the existence of a 10-story lighthouse that stands firmly on the rock that crashed by the waves all the time. Why on such a small island could be built a large lighthouse? The answer is because once around this location a lot of shipwreck accidents crashed into the coral island at night. The waves and currents around Bishop Rock are also large and strong, so passing ships are vulnerable to crashing into the rocky islands. The biggest accident ever happened here is the sinking of a British fleet ship carrying about 2,000 troops for crashing into Bishop Rock. The passenger of the vessel is no survivor. After the incident, the British government immediately decided to build a lighthouse on the smallest island in the world. Building a lighthouse in the middle of a choppy ocean is not an easy task, the construction of this granite-based lighthouse was stopped because of strong winds, big waves, and strong currents. The construction of the first stage in 1847 failed because the light-crushed lighthouse crashed by fierce waves even before construction was completed. The new lighthouse building is made of granite and was completed in 1858. Since then, there have been no more accidents crashing into Bishop Rock because the light from this lighthouse can penetrate a distance of about 45 KM and be guarded by some guards. Each floor in this 10-story lighthouse has a different function:
  • Floor 1: Clean water tank for guard
  • 2nd floor: entrance
  • Floor 3: Storage space
  • 4th Floor: Space tank of lighthouse fuel oil
  • Floor 5: Space tank of lighthouse fuel oil
  • Floor 6: Living room for guard
  • Floor 7: The bedroom for the guard
  • Floor 8: Storage space
  • Floor 9: Room service
  • Floor 10: Lighthouse lights
Currently, the smallest island in the world is no inhabitant because in 1992 the lighthouse keeper Bishop Rock retired from his job. The work at the lighthouse was replaced by a machine that could automatically set the lighthouse. However, every time there will be officers who come to Bishop Rock by helicopter to check the lighthouse. Although not inhabited, today the smallest island in the world has become one of the tourist attractions frequented by tourists. The Bishop Rock tour service on the Isles of Scilly costs £ 16. Ships used for the tour will not be docked to Bishop Rock because the strong currents are quite dangerous, but do not worry because you will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the smallest island in the world.

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