Maryport Lighthouse

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Maryport Lighthouse
Old lighthouse, Maryport - - 240182.jpg
Old Maryport Lighthouse
Maryport Lighthouse is located in Cumbria
Maryport Lighthouse
Location Maryport
Coordinates 54°43′04″N 3°30′38″W / 54.717773°N 3.510693°W / 54.717773; -3.510693Coordinates: 54°43′04″N 3°30′38″W / 54.717773°N 3.510693°W / 54.717773; -3.510693
Year first constructed 1796 (first)
1856 (second)
Year first lit 1996 (current)
Deactivated 1996 (second)
Foundation 1-storey stone octagonal prism basement (second)
Construction cast iron tower (second)
aluminium tower (current)
Tower shape two-stage octagonal prism tower with lantern (second)
square frustum tower with light (current)
Markings / pattern unpaited basement, white tower, black lantern (second)
white tower (current)
Height 11 metres (36 ft) (second)
6 metres (20 ft) (current)
Focal height 10 metres (33 ft) (current)
Light source mains power
Characteristic Fl W 15s.
Admiralty number A4676
NGA number 4860
ARLHS number ENG-080
Managing agent Maryport Harbour and Marina [1] [2]

Maryport Lighthouse is a small lighthouse located in Maryport, Cumbria, England, formerly run by the UK's General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House. The original Maryport lighthouse was built in 1796, and was running on acetylene by 1946. The painter L. S. Lowry used Maryport and the lighthouse in several of his paintings.[3] Trinity House took charge of it in 1961.

In 1996 a new tower (54°43′04″N 3°30′39″W / 54.7178°N 3.5107°W / 54.7178; -3.5107 (New Maryport Lighthouse, Cumbria)) was built from aluminium and the lighthouse was connected to mains electricity. Before this the lighthouse at Maryport had been the UK's oldest iron lighthouse.[4] At 4.7 metres tall and with a light intensity of only 120 candelas, the new tower was one of Trinity House's smaller beacons, but the light can be seen 6 nmi (6.9 mi) out to sea. In 2010 Trinity House transferred responsibility for the light to the Maryport Harbour Authority.[5]

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  1. ^ Maryport The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 2nd, 2016
  2. ^ Mariport light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved May 2nd, 2016
  3. ^ A history of Maryport
  4. ^ A page containing interesting facts about lighthouses worldwide
  5. ^ Trinity House annual report 2010

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