Black Point.


Further views from Black Point

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The lighthouse was originally manned by 2 keepers, In 1922 when the lighthouse was converted to unmaned acetylene operation.

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The Lighthouse was converted to solar power in 1996 and is now monitored and controlled from Trinity House’s Planning Centre in Harwich, Essex.

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Trwyn Du Lighthouse


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A spot I love and 2 years since I last visited Black Point.

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A ‎Cylindrical tower lighthouse with balcony stands at a height‎ ‎of 95 feet. Trwyn Du Lighthouse is situated between Black Point near Penmon and Puffin Island, at the eastern extremity of Anglesey, marking the passage between the two islands.

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Opened: 1838 and Automated: 1922 The lighthouse also has a bell which is rung by the action of the waves.

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After the storm


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Following a pounding of a ‘perfect storm’ of gale force north-easterly winds and spring tides  Storm Emma smashed Holyhead Marina destroying around 80 boats. This pile of boats is not an old scrapyard but vessels cleared following the storm on 2nd March 2018.

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Over 80 boats founded causing damage of  millions of pounds.

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A rumbles on the mumbles

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Built in 1898 Mumbles Pier is 835 feet long It is located in a corner of  Swansea Bay South Wales. It cost £10,000 to construct. It was the western terminus for the Swansea and Mumbles Railway and a major terminal for the White Funnel paddle steamers bringing tourists from routes along the  River Severn and the Bristol Channel. A new RNLI lifeboat house is now at the end of the peir.

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Mumbles Lighthouse is on a small island near the pier it with care can be reached at low tide. In 1792  work began on the contruction of a  lighthouse but the part way through the build the structure collapsed in October 1792. Architect William Jernegan drew up new plans and his ighthouse was finally completed and lit in 1794. It originally displayed two open coal fire lights,one above the other—to distinguish it from the two lighted towers of St. Ann’s Head Lighthouse and Flatholm Lighthouse’s single light. The coal  braziers were both difficult to maintain and expensive so were  replaced with a single oil powered light consisting of Argand lamps with reflectors within a cast iron lantern. The original two lights are still reflected in the two tier structure of the tower. Trinity House assumed responsibility this Lighthouse from the British Transport Docks Board on 1 November 1975.

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Remains of Southampton Pier.


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I visited Mayflower Park today to take pictures of the remains of Southampton Pier. I understand there are plans to redevelop the area, Sorting out some of my old pictures prompted this visit. At the time of the fire I was living in the area and on hearing via Radio Solent the Pier on fire and seeing the smoke I visited the area and took this picture (below) of the Pavilion building burning in 1987.

The 270 m pier was opened on 8 July 1833 as Victoria pier and was built to give steamer services somewhere to dock.

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Hurst Spit.


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Out on a little boat trip today taking the Ferry from Keyhaven in the New Forest out to Hurst spit.

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The Castle is open to the public. The first part of Hurst Castle is a Tudor castle, which was completed in 1544, most of it was built of stone. It had a low profile and very thick walls typical of Henry VIII’s coastal forts. in the area.The castle originally had 71 gun positions on six levels, some sited to allow flanking fire along the front of the main walls. The Castle remained mainly unchanged until the outbreak of war with France in 1793. At this time the castle armament was out of date and the castle in poor condition. It was quickly repaired in 1794 and two gun batteries were built on either side of the Tudor castle, but these have been lost under further rebuilding of the batteries undertaken between 1852 and 1854 which is of red bricks. Vaulted casemates that allowed extra guns to be installed survive in the north-east and south bastions and behind the curtain walls.

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In both world wars the castle once again played a key role in protecting the western entrance to the Solent. English heritage is currently restoring these war time additions to Hurst.

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Several lighthouses have guided shipping through the passage from Hurst Spit to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. The first two, built on the spit in 1786 and 1812, have been demolished, but the Low Light of the 1860s and the metal light of 1911 survive. Both, now decommissioned, can be seen on the rear wall of the castle’s west wing. The High Light of 1867, sited beyond the end of the east wing, still functions. The Needles lighthouse can be seen across the Solent off the tip of the Isle of Wight.

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Boat trip back to Keyhaven.

Danger’s of Lighthouse visits.


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We have now crossed from the East Coast of Scotland to the West Coast and we are staying for a few days near the Mull of Galloway and made a return visit to Scotlands most Southerly Light House which just happened to be open tothe public today. After a full Scotish breakfast at the Mull’s visitor centre for the sake of creating this blog I undertook a risky ascent.

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I climbed the 115 steps to the light room of the lighthouse and took in the views from the top. Perched on the cliff looked a long way down it was .The light  stands 99m above sea level, It was built by Robert Stevenson, with work commencing in 1828 and taking two years to complete on 26th March 1830 it was 1st lit with an automatic light remaining operational today.

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