- by Gordon
Longships Lighthouse – Warning ships off Lands End
Longships Lighthouse during a storm
Longships Lighthouse during a storm, taken during morning storms, 10th March 2008. This video of the storm illustrates the power of the sea in these waters. Longships is the name given to a group of rocks situated 1.25 miles to the west of Land’s End, in Penwith, Cornwall,
Longships Lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built in 1795 on the highest point of the largest rock. A new lighthouse was built and was first lit in December 1873 having cost £43,870 Since 1988, the lighthouse has been automated Its light is 10 seconds bright followed by 10 seconds dark, and has a range of 19 miles (31 km).
A fog signal sounds every 10 seconds. The gullies, canyons, prolific marine life and shipwrecks at Longships make it a popular diving location.
You can read more about the Lighthouses of Cornwall and the work of Trinity House who is responsible for the maintenance and operation of these lighthouses.
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