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Whitby West Pier - Whitby, North Yorkshire

Lighthouse category:  harbour

Position:  54° 29' 34.2" N : 0° 36' 46.5" W

Status: inactive (partly)

Date:  1831

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  83 feet

Construction: round sandstone tower of fluted appearance, supported on square base and with an octagonal  lantern and square gallery

Colour scheme: column, plinth and capital unpainted.  Lantern white with black dome

Focal plane height:  not known, but by comparison with the pier extension I would estimate it at 106 feet

Characteristics: when active, continuous green light

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link

Much of what I have written about the West Pier Extension light applies equally to the other lights around Whitby Harbour so I won't repeat it.  This is, of course, one of the two original lights and is also the earlier of the pair, dating from 1883.  It is built in the form of a classical column with a square plinth (through which a door gives access to the tower) and the capital supporting a square stone based gallery.  Although technically inactive, a continuous green light is displayed when a ship is expected and it is safe to enter the harbour, the light being visible for 10 miles.  The pier is open to public access and the light itself is occasionally open to the public during the summer months.

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