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The lighthouse was built in 1884 and is 43 ft high with a stone base and cylindrical cast iron tower painted white. The lighthouse is a listed building and still uses the original lenses. It is managed by the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority (PD Ports) and is the only lighthouse in England to be privately owned. The light is a 45 W high intensity and can be seen for a range of 50 km, 25 miles, or 22 nautical miles. The light is operated automatically and exhibits sectored red and white with a 1.5 s flash every 12 seconds operating 53 ft above mean high water[5] The light is powered by a Schlunk 100 W water cooled hydrogen fuel cell and is more reliable than the electricity supply along the exposed breakwater which is subject to interruption by storms. When built, South Gare lighthouse would have made obsolete the pair of leading lighthouses in Seaton Carew and Hartlepool built in 1829.

To the south of the lighthouse is the coastguard station. To the immediate south of the coastguard station is a short steel frame tower. This tower houses a radar antennae, an automatic fog detector and a vertical set of four sectored leading lights for navigation purposes. There is second fog detector system mounted on the Fairway Buoy in Tees Bay outside the river entrance.

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