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Wolf Rock Lighthouse.
|Wolf Rock Lighthouse.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: D4786|
|Description: Wolf Rock is located eight miles off Land's End in Cornwall. The rock is particularly dangerous as there is deep water virtually all around it. Swells sometime surge over the rock even in good weather. The construction of the lighthouse, under the leadership of James Douglass, began in March 1862. That first year only 22 landings were possible by the construction crew due to bad weather. The stone blocks were cut, shaped and trial fitted together in Penzance. Just over 1000 tons of rock was needed for the base, and 3300 tons of granite used for the tower. The final stone was put in place in July 1869, and the light first shone in January 1870.|
|Creator: Robert Knotts|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|