The Greenpoint lighthouse, with its haunting foghorn, was erected by Herman Schutte in 1824.
It was said that this fog horn use to shook the whole beach front and was later replaced by a less earth-shaking and more effective one.
The lighthouse is the oldest of its kind in the country. The distinctive red and white building is a real Cape landmark and in 1973 it was declared a national monument.
The odd thing about this landmark is that the Lighthouse services head office has not always been in this building. These offices have in fact, until 1993, been in Johannesburg of all places, making it the only lighthouse service head office in the world that was situated about 600km from the sea.