The resultant octagonal wooden tower, built in 1799, was destroyed in a storm five years after construction and was replaced in 1805 by a more substantial stone day beacon.
By 1818, an increase in salary prompted unscrupulous competition for the job at Boon Island.
Many link the name Boon Island to the wrecks of the trading vessel Increase in 1682 or the Nottingham Gallery in 1710.
Though the crew of the Nottingham Gallery was forced to resort to cannibalism, the survivors of these shipwrecks reputedly credited their rescue to a boon from God.
At 9 PM all my family was forst to go to the Lighthouse and Stay until 5 next morning.
At our return to the house found all our water gone and all my turnips and cabage washt away and my walls all Down.