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|
|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. 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.
- 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.