Maryport Lighthouse

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Maryport Lighthouse
Old lighthouse, Maryport - - 240182.jpg
Old Maryport Lighthouse
Maryport Lighthouse is located in Cumbria
Maryport Lighthouse
Coordinates54°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 constructed1796 (first)
1856 (second)
Year first lit1996 (current)
Deactivated1996 (second)
Foundation1-storey stone octagonal prism basement (second)
Constructioncast iron tower (second)
aluminium tower (current)
Tower shapetwo-stage octagonal tower with lantern (second)
square tower with light (current)
Markings / patternunpaited basement, white tower, black lantern (second)
white tower (current)
Tower height11 metres (36 ft) (second)
6 metres (20 ft) (current)
Focal height10 metres (33 ft) (current)
Light sourcemains power
Range6 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Admiralty numberA4676
NGA number4860
ARLHS numberENG-080
Managing agentMaryport 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 2 May 2016
  2. ^ Mariport light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved 2 May 2016
  3. ^ A history of Maryport
  4. ^ A page containing interesting facts about lighthouses worldwide Archived 13 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Trinity House annual report 2010 Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.

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