Beachy Head Light House
Our trip will voyage past Seaford bay, around the seven sisters towards Beachy Head light house. Tide depending we can take you close enough to see the breath taking 33m high tower and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds it.
All our trips provide suitable clothing, automatic life jackets and we even carry binoculars and snorkelling equipment that allows you to use inside the boat.
Weather dependent you can jump off the boat and snorkel around the rocks Or we also have our new underwater camera experience with live streaming on deck to view all aqua life under the boat. Group trips can be tailored to preferred choices.
Although it is said that a guiding light was established as early as 1670, it was not until 1828 that Trinity House engineering consultant James Walker erected Belle Toute Lighthouse, a 14 metre high circular tower, on the headland. This remained in operation till 1899 when it was abandoned due to being frequently shrouded in mist and threatened with collapse because of recurrent falls of chalk from the cliff.
In 1902 under the direction of Sir Thomas Matthews, the Trinity House Engineer-in-Chief, the present lighthouse was brought into service, sited about 165 metres seawards from the base of the cliffs. It took two years to complete and involved building a coffer dam and a cableway from the top of the cliffs to carry materials down to the site. 3,660 tons of Cornish granite were used in the construction of the tower.
Beachy Head Lighthouse was automated and demanned in June 1983. The lighthouse is now monitored and controlled from Trinity House’s Planning Centre in Harwich, Essex.
Trinity House announced in 2011 that it could no longer afford to repaint the distinctive red and white stripes and that it would have to be left to return to its natural granite gray. It stated that because boats now have high tech navigational systems the day marker stripes are no longer essential. However, a sponsored campaign to keep the stripes was launched in October 2011. The required £27,000 was raised. The tower repainting was completed in October using a team including two abseilers. Five coats of paint were applied to the copper lantern at the top and three on each hoop of the tower.
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