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North Sunderland - Seahouses, Northumberland

Category of lighthouse: harbour

Position: 55°35'1.64"N, 1°38'56.24"W

Status: active

Date:  1900

Designer: not known

Tower height:   26 feet

Construction: brick hexagonal tower

Colour scheme: white

Focal plane height:  36 feet

Characteristics: flashing green light

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google maps link

I am a big fan of harbour lights.  They are very much the poor relations, in pharology terms, to the great rock lights and major coastal lights and yet, the majority of them are still earning their keep on a daily basis and keeping harbour entrances safe for the type of small craft that use them.  This particular example at Seahouses is an interesting design.  The light shines through the small square window near the top of the tower and, from almost any angle that can be achieved with both feet on dry land, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that this wasn't a lighthouse at all but merely a day mark.  However, once you are afloat its purpose becomes clearer.  Just out of sight to the left of shot are the steps that passengers use to embark on the boats for the trips round the Farne Islands.  In some references the location of this light is referred to as North Sunderland and in others as Seahouses and, if I were being honest, I would have to say that I am not entirely clear about the subtle distinction between the two.

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