Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse from Eastbourne
|Location||Eastbourne, East Sussex, England|
|Height||36 m (118 ft)|
|Focal height||28 m (92 ft)|
|Current lens||Biform Tideland ML300 Lanterns|
|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.