SZ7485 : East Solent, Nab Tower

taken 3 years ago, 9 km from Bembridge, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

East Solent, Nab Tower
East Solent, Nab Tower
The Nab Tower was one of eight towers planned for anti-submarine protection in The Solent in World War I. However, the project proved to be too expensive and by the end of the war in 1918 only one had been completed. In 1920 the completed tower was towed to the Nab rock in the deep-water approach to the eastern Solent which had previously been marked by a lightship. Buoyancy was provided by the honeycomb construction of the concrete base, creating 18 watertight compartments. When these were flooded, the structure sank and settled to rest at an angle of 3 degrees from vertical towards the northeast - a characteristic tilt which is obvious to this day.

The tower was originally manned as a lighthouse, and during World War II it provided some defence to the Solent approach. The lighthouse is still functional but since 1983 it has been unmanned. It was converted to solar power operation in 1995. LinkExternal link Trinity House

The tower is located at 50.66749733N 0.951162862W LinkExternal link
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SZ7485, 6 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 9 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 742 858 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:40.0452N 0:57.0774W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 740 854
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Early Twentieth Century  Early 20th Century  Tower  Lighthouse 

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