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Flamborough Head Lighthouse.

Flamborough Head Lighthouse.
Flamborough Head Lighthouse.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: G02861
Description: Trinity House's Flamborough Head Lighthouse, in Yorkshire, was designed by Samuel Wyatt and was built by John Matson of Bridlington in 1806 at a cost of £8,000. The original oil-burning lighting apparatus was designed by George Robinson and consisted of a rotating vertical shaft to which were fixed 21 parabolic reflectors, seven on each of the three sides of the frame. Red glass covered reflectors on each side, which allowed for two white flashes followed by one red flash. This was an innovation quickly adopted elsewhere. The lighthouse serves as a waypoint for deep sea vessels and coastal traffic as well as marking the headland for vessels heading for the ports of Scarborough and Bridlington. In 1940 the Flamborough Lighthouse was electrified. It was automated in early 1996, the keepers finally leaving in May of that year.
Creator: Frith & Co.
Date: 1897
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London. Frith collection.
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