Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
Royal Sovereign lighthouse, located 11 km (6.8 mi) offshore from Eastbourne, is a lighthouse marking the Royal Sovereign shoal. Its distinctive shape is easily recognised as it comprises a large platform supported by a single pillar rising out of the water.
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse in 2015
|Year first constructed||1875 (lightship established)|
|Year first lit||1971 (current)|
|Tower shape||cylindrical column supporting an upper platform with tower|
|Markings / pattern||white tower with a red band, white keeper's quarter|
|Tower height||36 m (118 ft)|
|Focal height||28 m (92 ft)|
|Current lens||biform tideland ML300 lanterns|
|Range||12 nmi (22 km)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 20s.|
|Fog signal||2 blasts every 30s.|
|ARLHS number||ENG 257|
|Managing agent||Trinity House|
In 1971, the lighthouse replaced a lightship that had marked the Royal Sovereign Shoal since 1875. Originally, the platform was manned, accommodation being contained in the 'cabin section'. The light was automated in 1994 and is controlled by a 475MHz radio link to Trinity House managed by Vodafone. As of 2006 it was still occasionally occupied.
- GPS coordinates of Royal Sovereign
- Royal Sovereign Lighthouse Trinity House. Retrieved 5 May 2016
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southern England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- "A beacon for man and buoy". The Telegraph. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 14 February 2017.