Royal Sovereign Lighthouse

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Royal Sovereign
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse from Eastbourne - - 1045456.jpg
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse from Eastbourne
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse is located in East Sussex
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
Location Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Coordinates 50°43′.454″N 000°26′.086″E / 50.71679278°N 0.43335722°E / 50.71679278; 0.43335722
Automated 1994
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Focal height 28 m (92 ft)
Current lens Biform Tideland ML300 Lanterns
Intensity 3,500 Candela
Range 12 nmi (22 km)
Characteristic 1 White flash every 20 seconds
Fog signal 2 blasts every 30 seconds
ARLHS number ENG 257

Royal Sovereign lighthouse at Eastbourne is a lighthouse marking the Royal Sovereign shoal. Its distinctive shape is easily recognised as it comprises a large platform supported by a single pillar rising out of the water.

In 1971, the lighthouse replaced a light vessel which protected the Royal Sovereign Shoal since 1875. Originally, the platform was manned, accommodation being contained in the 'cabin section'. The light was automated in 1994 and is currently[when?] controlled by a 475MHz radio link to Trinity House managed by Vodafone. As of 2006 it was still occasionally occupied.[1]


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Coordinates: 50°43.40′N 00°26.13′E / 50.72333°N 0.43550°E / 50.72333; 0.43550