Royal Sovereign Lighthouse

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Royal Sovereign
Royal Sovereign light tower (geograph 4647090).jpg
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse in 2015
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse is located in East Sussex
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
East Sussex
Locationoffshore Eastbourne
East Sussex
Coordinates50°43′24″N 0°26′08″E / 50.72333044°N 0.435498258°E / 50.72333044; 0.435498258Coordinates: 50°43′24″N 0°26′08″E / 50.72333044°N 0.435498258°E / 50.72333044; 0.435498258[1]
Year first constructed1875 (lightship established)
Year first lit1971 (current)
Constructionconcrete column
Tower shapecylindrical column supporting an upper platform with tower
Markings / patternwhite tower with a red band, white keeper's quarter
Tower height36 m (118 ft)
Focal height28 m (92 ft)
Current lensbiform tideland ML300 lanterns
Intensity3,976 candela
Range12 nmi (22 km)
CharacteristicFl W 20s.
Fog signal2 blasts every 30s.
Admiralty numberA0843
NGA number1144
ARLHS numberENG 257
Managing agentTrinity House[2]

Royal Sovereign lighthouse, located 11 km (6.8 mi) offshore from 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.[3]

In 1971, the lighthouse replaced a lightship that had marked 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 controlled by a 475MHz radio link to Trinity House managed by Vodafone. As of 2006 it was still occasionally occupied.[4]

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  1. ^ GPS coordinates of Royal Sovereign
  2. ^ Royal Sovereign Lighthouse Trinity House. Retrieved 5 May 2016
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southern England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ "A beacon for man and buoy". The Telegraph. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 14 February 2017.

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