Very few people know that there is a shipping beacon situated on top of Richmond Hill. The beacon assists with ships entering and exiting the Port Elizabeth Harbour and plays quite an important part in Algoa Bay's shipping lanes. A couple of years ago a developer started construction on an apartment block in the vicinity. Now I'm not going to go into all the politics and red tape of building plans and approvals because I don't know the story, but at some stage the municipality realised that the building will be obstructing the beacon from the sea and stopped the development. I'm sure the developers are still fighting the whole thing, but that's not what this blog is about. This blog is about a shipping beacon.