Souter Lighthouse – South Shields   27 comments

I stand alone
and watch the tide.
I weather storms
to be your guide.

I persevere
the salty spray,
and stay awake
both night and day.
Souter lighthouse  - South shields 1

The lighthouse is located on Lizard Point at Marsden, but takes its name from Souter Point, which is located a mile to the south. This was the intended site for the lighthouse, but it was felt that Lizard Point offered better visibility, as the cliffs there are higher, so the lighthouse was built there instead. The Souter Lighthouse name was retained in order to avoid confusion with the then recently built Lizard Lighthouse in Cornwall.
Designed by James Douglass and opened in 1871, the lighthouse was built due to the dangerous reefs directly under the water in the surrounding area. In one year alone – 1860 – there were 20 shipwrecks. This contributed to making this coastline the most dangerous in the country with an average of around 44 shipwrecks per every mile of coastline.
Souter Lighthouse was the first to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse technology of its day. Douglass also designed the fourth incarnation of the Eddystone Lighthouse off the coast of Plymouth.

27 responses to “Souter Lighthouse – South Shields

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  1. Ooh this is lovely!

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  2. Incredible image! So beautiful!

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  3. Fabulous photo!! You have captured the lighthouse beautifully and I love the moodiness of the image. Blessings dear friend. ♥

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    Isabella Rose Photography
    • Thanks Isabella! It wasn’t so difficult to get the lighthouse, waiting for the right clouds was tho..am a very impatient person so did help the sky a bit with an edit, but the vivid clear colours in real were stunning aswell😉

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  4. Beautiful

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  5. Mooi dreigend!

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  6. Very beautiful photo and I love the poem to go with it! Thanks also for the blog follow!

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    • Thank you Michael for both compliment and visit on my blog.
      I have to admit I’ve stolen the words😉
      You’re more then welcome for the follow, have had some computer problems but will come over soon to revisit yours🙂

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  7. I love the processing you’ve used for this shot – adds a little bit of mystery to it.

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  8. Gorgeous shot! Love the glowering sky–and the poem!

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  9. Thank you Deborah🙂
    have to say that I borrowed the words😉

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  10. What a glorious shot of Souter. It’s such a good looking lighthouse (with a nice little cafe too🙂 )

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  11. Beautiful shot, Nandi. Prachtig gedichtje ook.
    groetjes,
    Francina

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  12. sehr sehr schön! viele Grüße aus Berlin…

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  13. Beautiful shot, like both how you composed and processed.

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  14. Very powerful shot and beautifully matched with the words.

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