Lighthouses

Lighthouse – Light Vessel No 93, Trinity House, London

I found another lighthouse related item, a Light Vessel, in others words a floating lighthouse.  I was having a quick peek at my lighthouse book, when I recognised the vessel.  I had a rummage through old photos and there it was, No 93.  The vessel used to be on the Humber but is now in London at Trinity Buoy Wharf at Blackwall, which is where I took my photo in 2016.  No 93 was deactivated in 2003 and sold in 2004.  Although not a land lighthouse, its still a good one for my lighthouse category.

Portland Bill Light House, Isle of Portland, Dorset

This is the last of the three lighthouses at Portland Bill.  Portland Bill Lighthouse is located on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.  It is now the only  functioning lighthouse at Portland Bill and the lighthouse and it’s boundary walls are Grade II Listed.  We were in luck the day we visited in August 2017, the sun was shining with beautiful blue skies…. at the moment here, in the Fens in the east of the UK, it’s a little windy, we are getting the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia, unfortunately other parts of the Uk are getting a nasty battering.

You can now climb the tower, but on the day we visited, many other people had the same idea, and there was a waiting list of over an hour, so we just had a walk around the base and took some photos. 

As Portland’s largest and most recent lighthouse, the Trinity House operated Portland Bill Lighthouse is distinctively white and red striped, standing at a height of 41 metres (135 ft). The tower is approximately 114 feet. The lighthouse was completed by 1906 and first shone out on 11 January 1906.  Portland Bill Lighthouse guides passing vessels through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel.

 

 

Re-Visit -The Corran Point Lighthouse, 1860 (Corran Narrows) Ardgour, Highlands

Just a few new photos from a re-visit of the lighthouse at Corran Point, taken earlier this year, May 2017. 

 Corran Point Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located at Corran Point on the west side of the Narrows of Loch Linnhe. It was built in 1860 on project by Thomas and David Stevenson; it is a masonry tower with gallery, lantern and keeper’s house which has become private property. The lighthouse emits an isophase light white, red or green according to the directions and was the first lighthouse to be automated in 1898.

The Old Higher Lighthouse, Isle of Portland, Dorset

The Higher Lighthouse is the second of three lighthouse on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, that we found on our visit a few weeks ago, in August 2017.  Dating back to 1716, the Old Higher Lighthouse was the first true lighthouse on Portland Bill, although there was a beacon on the site back as far as 1620.  Originally it was lit by sixteen oil burners named after their inventor, Argond, a Frenchman.  It was the first lighthouse to use Argond lamps and was also the first in the world to have a true reflector.

At one time, along with all other lighthouses, it was compulsorily purchased by Trinity House who were concerned that it was not always lit, making navigation around Portland doubly treacherous.
Rebuilt in 1869 it was visited by King George III who, when on one of his frequent trips to Weymouth, requested to see “this new lighthouse at Portland Bill”.  The Old Higher Lighthouse remained in use until 1906 when the current red and white lighthouse superseded it.

Doctor Marie Stopes (pioneer of birth control) owned the lighthouse from 1923 until 1958 and some of her many visitors included George Bernard Shaw, HG Wells and Thomas Hardy who came to tea with his wife.  During World War II Dr Stopes rented it out to naval officers who were visited by friends and family, including Margot Fonteyn (when a mere ballerina) and her mother.

The lighthouse was restored in the mid 1960’s and the cottages are now holiday homes, with access to the tower for the views from the reinstated lantern room.

The Lower Lighthouse, Isle of Portland, Dorset

A few weeks ago we visited the Isle of Portland, in Dorset, as I wanted to see the Lighthouse at Portland Bill.  I had a lovely surprise as there were three lighthouses, this lighthouse, the lower light, the higher light and the current tower light and whats more, not a rain drop in sight.  I will post about each of them for my ‘Lighthouse Categories’.  

The first lower lighthouse was opened on 29.09.1716, but has been rebuilt several times.  The one we visited was built in 1869, although it has not been used as a lighthouse since 1906.  The reason you can visit, on site as there is a wonderful bookshop, on all things birds, as the tower is now a bird observatory and field centre, also holiday accommodation.  After decommissioning, the lamp room was removed and there is now an observation room.  After visiting the bookshop and with a couple of books in tow, I had a quick look inside the hall of the lighthouse and I was so glad I did, as on the wall there were several photos of the lighthouse during its life span.  So of course I took some photos of them, its not often you get to see the life of a lighthouse, and it was so interesting to see them.

This is how the lighthouse would have looked with the original lamp room.

The lighthouse as a tea room after the Great War.

 

 

The following are some of my photos that I changed to black & white.

Before I go, just a quick holiday up date, we were going to be in France for two weeks, but in the end it was only one, after our stay in Albi and visiting the wonderful Cathedral, the next day on our way to our next stop, we had a phone call.  Our Kennels phoned us to say that Nipper was very very ill, his diabetes had taken a turn for the worse and he was in the Vets.  Then the Vets phoned to say that he had acid in his blood again and his sugar levels were off the scale, and there was the possibly that he might not make it.  Twice we have lost dogs when we have been away, its so horrible not to be able to see them before they go.  My husband drove over a 1,000 miles, we couldn’t get on the train for the tunnel at 12.30pm, and next slot would be 8.30am next morning, so we drove to the ferry and got straight on the boat.  We got to the Vets at 8.30 am and amazingly he had stabilised, we took him home in the afternoon and that was on Monday and at the moment he is doing well.  They have increased his insulin, so fingers crossed it will make him a lot better 🙂

 

Re-Visit Twin Lighthouses, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

Today 12.09.17, in the South of France it was lovely and hot, we visited some beautiful churches, hill top towns and villages, also a picnic on the beach…….plus a few French Lighthouses.  Still cannot upload any photos, so I found some of a re-visit to the twin lighthouses at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, I wanted to see if  ‘The Sir Peter Scott Lighthouse’ was open, but I think we were too late.  Still I got some better photos of both lighthouses for my collection.  

Tomorrow we are visiting Monaco, should be interesting, as husband wants to drive around the roads, as if driving in the Grand Prix, well he has to have some reward for my churches 🙂 Then we might go into Italy and do a circuit up into the mountains, and then back to Grasse where we are staying.

West Lighthouse.

Sir Peter Scott Lighthouse, East Lighthouse.

In this view, you can just see the top of the West Lighthouse.

Margate Lighthouse, Kent

I bought a lighthouse book the other day ‘Lighthouses of England -The South East’, and while reading through it, I recognised a lighthouse.  At the end of October 2015 we went to visit our daughter and her family in Kent……looking back now, the weather was amazing for the end of October.  Anyway we had gone to do Halloween with our youngest grandson and he wanted to go to the beach, like they all do at 6.5 years old.  So we arrived  at Margate, a seaside town and the place was packed, there was some kind of bike race on.  I know nothing about this sport, but I took loads of photos because I liked the way the bikes moved on the sand.  I’m glad I did, because I got the lighthouse in a few of them.

A little history……Margate’s first lighthouse was built in 1828 to mark the town’s newly built breakwater. The original lighthouse was a round Doric column.  It had a square gallery and cylindrical lantern, but this tower became a victim of the Great Storm of 1953.   Strong seas pushed the old tower over, leaving it leaning at a precarious angle for several hours, prior to it collapsing, along with a large section at the end of the pier.  In 1955, the current octagonal concrete tower was built, topped by a copper lantern housing a fixed red LED light.