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Walking off   2 comments

walking off
Still trying to get the hang of this Lightroom , and came up with doing a colorpop I believe it is called ,I took this last year at Whitleybay…a beach that is very much missed by myself for it’s walks and the company I had.

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Early yawns at St.Mary’s Lighthouse   4 comments

Eventhough we didn’t get to see the sunrise we hoped for it was worth setting the alarmclock for …
The lighthouse and adjacent keepers’ cottages were built in 1898 by the John Miller company of Tynemouth, using 645 blocks of stone and 750,000 bricks. It was built on the site of an 11th-century monastic chapel, whose monks maintained a lantern on the tower to warn passing ships of the danger of the rocks. The lamp was powered by paraffin, and was not electrified until 1977, St Mary’s was by then the last Trinity House lighthouse lit by oil
sunrise at st.mary

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.

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