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Fastnet Rock, off Cape Clear, Ireland

Fastnet Rock, off Cape Clear, Ireland

Built at the base of a sugar-loaf rock, some 4½ miles west-south-west of Cape Clear, the Fastnet Light is the first to be picked up by vessels coming from America. The original iron structure, erected 1854, stood on the very summit of the rock; but its stability was soon threatened by the erosive action of the sea on the softer slate near its foundations, and a dangerous fissure was formed. When, in later years, it was decided to construct a new tower, a lower and safer site was chosen. It has a visibility of 18 miles.

Other pictures from The Coastwise Lights of Britain

South Foreland lighthouse, St. Margarets bay

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