Dungeness New Lighthouse
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The current lighthouse at Dungeness is the fifth to have been built on this
part of the Kent coast. It was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Dungeness Lighthouse marks the end of the
peninsula and is also an important way mark and reference for vessels navigating
the Dover Straits.
|The new lighthouse which
was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the former
Master of Trinity House, was brought into operation on 20th November,
The tower which rises from
a white concrete base in the form of a spiral ramp, is capable of
automatic operation and was the first one of its kind to incorporate the
Xenon electric arc lamp as a source of illumination.
It is constructed of pre-cast
concrete rings 1.5 metres high, 15cm thick and 3.6 metres in diameter,
fitted one above the other, and has black and white bands which are
impregnated into the concrete.
Since May 1962 the whole tower has been floodlit to assist
identification from seaward. This floodlighting has reduced the bird
mortality rate at this lighthouse during the migration season.
Dungeness Lighthouse was converted to automatic operation in 1991 and is
monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Depot at Harwich in
|The previous lighthouse
is nearby. It was built in 1904 and the remains of the base and accommodation
from the one before that, built in 1792, is next to it.
A view of the new lighthouse from the top of the old one
Photo from Geograph
of the fog horn
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