Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Dorset

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Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
Lighthouse on the breakwater, Portland Harbour.jpg
The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in 2012
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Dorset is located in Dorset
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Dorset
LocationIsle of Portland
Coordinates50°35′09″N 2°25′04″W / 50.585854°N 2.417830°W / 50.585854; -2.417830Coordinates: 50°35′09″N 2°25′04″W / 50.585854°N 2.417830°W / 50.585854; -2.417830
Year first constructed1905
Constructioncast iron skeletal tower
Tower shapehexagonal pyramidal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height22 metres (72 ft)
CharacteristicFl W 10s.
Admiralty numberA0314
NGA number0464
ARLHS numberENG-107
Managing agentPortland Harbour Authority[1]

The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is a functioning lighthouse located at Portland Harbour, Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. It is situated on the southern end of the north-east breakwater.[2]

The lighthouse, a white hexagonal structure, was established in 1905.[3][4] It was originally lit by oil, later changed to gas and is today lit electrically with a modern LED lamp.[5][6] The lighthouse's current use continues to aid navigation of boats in the area, warning mariners of the breakwaters by giving a white flash every 10 seconds.[4] The lighthouse underwent restoration in 2016.[7] Surrounding the lighthouse are various defensive buildings such as pillboxes.[8] The former optic from the lighthouse was placed in Weymouth Museum.[9]

Lighthouse Staff[edit]

In a 2005 newsletter of the South Dorset Amateur Radio, former keeper John Trotter recalled memories of the lighthouse:[5][6]

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  1. ^ Portland Breakwater (A Head) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 4 May 2016
  2. ^ Breakwater Fort. "Dorset - History - Breakwater Fort". BBC. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  3. ^ Scribbles. "Dorset Maritime History". Pbenyon.plus.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  4. ^ a b "Foghorn Publishing ... Lighthouse Explorer Database ... Portland Breakwater Light (England)". Lighthousedigest.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  5. ^ a b "SDRS Catswhisker Contents - South Dorset Amateur Radio". Sites.google.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  6. ^ a b "Powered by Google Docs". Docs.google.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  7. ^ http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15243747.D__j___vu_at_spruce_up_job_on_naval_dockyard_lighthouse/
  8. ^ "Eastern Breakwater Portland Harbour:: OS grid SY7076 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square!". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  9. ^ "Portsmouth Breakwater Lighthouse". The Encyclopaedia of Portland History. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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