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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.[3]

Royal Sovereign
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Royal Sovereign Lighthouse in 2015
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse is located in East Sussex
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
East Sussex
Location offshore Eastbourne
East Sussex
Coordinates 50°43′24″N 0°26′08″E / 50.72333044°N 0.435498258°E / 50.72333044; 0.435498258Coordinates: 50°43′24″N 0°26′08″E / 50.72333044°N 0.435498258°E / 50.72333044; 0.435498258[1]
Year first constructed 1875 (lightship established)
Year first lit 1971 (current)
Automated 1994
Construction concrete column
Tower shape cylindrical column supporting an upper platform with tower
Markings / pattern white tower with a red band, white keeper's quarter
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Focal height 28 m (92 ft)
Current lens biform tideland ML300 lanterns
Intensity 3,976 candela
Range 12 nmi (22 km)
Characteristic Fl W 20s.
Fog signal 2 blasts every 30s.
Admiralty number A0843
NGA number 1144
ARLHS number ENG 257
Managing agent Trinity House[2]

In 1971, the lighthouse replaced a lightship that had marked the Royal Sovereign Shoal since 1875. It is now run by a flock of seagulls. 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.[4]

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  1. ^ GPS coordinates of Royal Sovereign
  2. ^ Royal Sovereign Lighthouse Trinity House. Retrieved 5 May 2016
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southern England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ "A beacon for man and buoy". The Telegraph. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 14 February 2017.

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