Lighthouses – Did You Know?

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Earliest aids to navigation were beacons sited near harbours or ports rather than on headlands or reefs to help ships reach their destination. Sea faring families would sometimes show lights from dwellings helping their own boats to arrive home safely.

 

Constructing lighthouses was a difficult and dangerous task, with engineers using considerable skills. Following construction of the lighthouse, adequate lighting apparatus  to display a continuous uninterrupted light. Just imagine coal, candles, wood, oil and paraffin before electricity.

 

Whitby harbour in Yorkshire has four lights at it’s entrance (not all operational). In November 1998 the last manned lighthouse at North Foreland was automated ending a tradition that went back more than four centuries.

 

 

Author: allthingscoastalsite

I am an enthusiastic professional in estate agency and property management business. I have purchased, renovated, rented and sold property. I give advice and guidance both to students and first time buyers and those leaving home for the first time. I have four books selling on Amazon currently and almost finished the fifth. I decided as a form of relaxing to start writing a blog about everything coastal, so here it is!

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