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Good Morning Everyone,

Still in Plymouth, before our journey to France, this is Smeeton's Tower.

It was originally built 14 miles offshore at a cost of £40,000 and was a revolutionary design of engineer John Smeaton.
On 16 October 1759, the 24 candles of this, the third Eddystone Lighthouse shone out for the very first time. In 1810, the 24 candles were replaced by oil lamps and reflectors, before lenses were put into place, in 1845, to increase light intensity.

The lighthouse protected shipping for 120 years and there's a good chance it would still be standing there today had the relentless pounding of the waves not eroded the foundation rock on which it stood.

When it was finally replaced in 1882, Smeaton's Tower was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe - where it has stood since 1884 as a permanent reminder of the Yorkshire-born engineer who created it.

I took the photograph on a cloudy, late afternoon, when the sun was trying to break through the clouds and I positioned the lighthouse between my camera and the emerging sun - a real contre jour. I liked the dark, shadowy outline set against the brightness of the clouds.

Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)

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