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Dungeness (New) Lighthouse

Dungeness (New)

General Information

Established: 1792

Current Lighthouse Built: 1961

Height: 43 Metres (141.08 Feet)

Automated: 1961

Electrified: 1961

Operator: Trinity House

Designer: Philip Hunt

Light Information

White: 21 Nautical Miles

Red (West): 10 Nautical Miles

Green (West): 10 Nautical Miles

Red (East): 10 Nautical Miles

Green (East): 10 Nautical Miles

The New lighthouse on dungeness was built in 1961 and was designed by Philip Hunt to a unique design and was moved closer to the sea, as the it had receeded - something that has been a problem for all lighthouses that have been built on the spit before it.

The 43 metre high tower was built taller than the older tower, so it could be seen above the nuclear power station, which blocked out the old lighthouse.

All of the new equipment was made to operate automatically from the start, including the set of 72 tannoy speaker units that were built into the top of the tower, which were triggered in low visabilty by a fog detector to give 3 blasts every minute, which was a direct result of fog signal testing at Dungeness, only a few metres away from the tower.

The tower is painted white with two black bands and has a lantern similar to that of a Lightship. The white flashing light is produced by a small Pharos PRB20 fresnel lens, which was transfered from Lundy South's light in 2000 - this reduced the range of the light from 27 to 21 nautical miles. The light light flashes 5 times every 30 seconds and is visible for 21 nautical miles, whilst sector lights are shown from small windows lower in the tower, both to the east and west - these are red or green depending on where they are viewed from.

During the modernisation of the station in 2000, a new fog signal was installed at the tower's base, on a purpose built platform - this was given a new character of 1 blast every 60 seconds and all of the tannoy units were removed from the top of the tower.

Since 1962 the lighthouse has been floodlit to prevent birds flying into it, as it stands on the migration route, as dungeness sticks out and is for many birds the first land they will see after crossing the sea.