This was a drinking fountain with a beautiful lion's head and crest with the words "God Speed" - very apt considering many there would be going on a journey, as well as being part of Greenock's own motto.
There was also a letter box. I wonder how many tear-stained last words were sent from here before folk went off to different lives in far flung corners of the globe.
The Beacon itself was made at Rankin & Blackmore's Eagle Foundry in Greenock (Baker Street).
This is a view of the Beacon with the magnificent Custom House behind it. It must have been a very welcome sight for people returning to Greenock to meet with old friends and family.
The stories this could tell!