Lighthouses of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent nation in the Windward Islands of the West Indies, located to the south of Saint Lucia and to the north of Grenada. Although it was originally colonized by the French, the country was a British colony from 1783 until it achieved independence in 1979. The country includes the large island of Saint Vincent and the northern two thirds of the Grenadines, a chain of small islands between Saint Vincent and Grenada. Tourism in the country has been encouraged recently by the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on St. Vincent.

Aids to navigation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the responsibility of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority (SVGPA).

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Photos by various photographers posted by Alex Trabas. Currently the St. Vincent photos are by Rainer Arndt and Capt. Theo Hinrichs.
World of Lighthouses - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Photos by various photographers available from
Leuchttürme auf den Kleinen Antillen
Photos posted by Bernd Claußen.
Navigation chart information for Saint Vincent.
Navionics Charts
Navigation chart information for Saint Vincent.

Fort Charlotte Light, Kingstown, October 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Eric Hutton

[Duvernette Island]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 70 m (230 ft); two very quick white flashes every 2 s. 9 m (30 ft) skeletal mast. Rakesh Gami has a 2018 photo, a distant view is available, Trabas has Capt. Theo's distant view, and Google has a closeup street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located atop a massive rock islet off the southern tip of St. Vincent. Accessible only by boat; it's a stiff climb up the rock to the lighthouse. Site status unknown. Admiralty J5816; NGA 15068.
** Fort Charlotte
1892(?) (station established 1858). Active; focal plane 195 m (640 ft); three long (1.5 s) white flashes, separated by 3 s, every 20 s. Light mounted on a short mast atop a 1-story hexagonal wood watch room, the whole structure resting atop a point of the historic fort. Watch room painted blue. Eric Hutton's 2007 photo appears above, David Christian has a closeup photo, Trabas has Arndt's very distant view, has aerial photos of the fort, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse has been repainted since 2004; formerly it was painted white with blue trim. The site offers an outstanding view southwestward toward the Grenadines. Fort Charlotte was built in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars. Located atop Berkshire Hill on the west side of Kingstown, St. Vincent's capital. The fort is open to guided tours; it appears from the photos that the watch room is often open to visitors. Site manager: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority. ARLHS STV-001; Admiralty J5817; NGA 15064.

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Adjoining pages: North: St. Lucia | East: Barbados | South: Grenada

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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised March 9, 2022. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2022 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.