Tynemouth Piers and Lighthouses :: Shared Description

Before the construction of the two piers, the mouth of the River Tyne was exposed to the full force of the sea and many ships were frequently wrecked, especially on Black Midden Rocks.

The building of the north and south piers has been recorded as one of the most difficult undertakings of its kind carried out in this country; for over 54 years it was an endless battle against the sea. The foundation stones for the piers were laid in 1854 and, although they were initially completed in 1895, the north pier was breached two years later and its reconstruction wasn’t finally completed until 1909. The north pier is 899 metres long and the south is 1,570 metres long. The distance between the round heads of the two piers is 360 metres.

The lighthouses were erected on the pier heads in 1895. Installation of the lanterns added an extra eight months to complete construction before they began operating in 1896.

The north lighthouse is 26 metres high and has a white navigation light over-arcing the horizon for a distance of 26 miles. The south Pier lighthouse is 15 metres high and has white, red and green navigational lights over-arcing the horizon for distances of 13, 9 and 8 miles respectively. Within the harbour entrance on the Herd Groyne is a smaller, red, lighthouse which is 13 metres high.

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by David Dixon
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19 images use this description:

NZ3668 : Herd Groyne Directional Light by David P Howard
NZ3769 : Tynemouth North Pier by David Dixon
NZ3768 : The South Pier at Tynemouth by Mat Fascione
NZ3668 : Lighthouse on Herd Groyne by David Dixon
NZ3668 : Herd Groyn and Lighthouse by David Dixon
NZ3868 : The Lighthouse on South Pier by David Dixon
NZ3768 : The South Pier at South Shields by Mat Fascione
NZ3869 : Lighthouse on the North Pier by Mat Fascione
NZ3868 : Pilot Boat passing Tynemouth South Pier by David Dixon
NZ3868 : South Pier and Lighthouse, Tynemouth by David Dixon
NZ3768 : South Pier by David Dixon
NZ3868 : South Pier Lighthouse, Tynemouth by David Dixon
NZ3869 : Tynemouth Lighthouse by David Dixon
NZ3768 : Piers at the mouth of the River Tyne by Mat Fascione
NZ3868 : Lighthouse on the South Pier by Mat Fascione
NZ3768 : South Pier by David Dixon
NZ3868 : The South Pier at the mouth of the River Tyne by Mat Fascione
NZ3868 : South Pier and lighthouse by Mat Fascione
NZ3868 : 'Viking Warrior' fishing boat by Mat Fascione

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Created: Fri, 22 Jun 2012, Updated: Fri, 22 Jun 2012

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