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St Ives East Pier - St Ives, Cornwall

Lighthouse category:  harbour

Position:  50° 12.8'N : 5° 28.5'W

Status: active

Date:  1890

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  32 feet

Construction: octagonal cast iron tower with lantern and gallery built on stone base

Colour scheme: tower white with black base, lantern white, gallery black

Focal plane height:  27 feet

Characteristics: two continuous green lights one above the other

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link

The east pier at St Ives on which this light stands was extended in 1890 at which time this light replaced an older one that still stands on the original pier.  The original pier was designed by John Smeaton who also designed the Eddystone Lighthouse that now stands on Plymouth Hoe.  The cast iron tower was prefabricated by Stothert and Pitt Ltd of Bath and then re-assembled on site.  Sadly on my one and only visit to Cornwall, I failed (for reasons that I am totally at a loss to explain) to obtain a photograph of the old light.  The pier is open to the public so access is not a problem but, as the pier runs roughly north to south, the light can be a little unfavourable around the middle of the day.  The end of the pier often suffers from a lot of general fishing related clutter.

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