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Inchkeith Light
Edinburgh, Scotland

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General Information
Date Established: 1804
Date Present Tower Built: 1804
Date Automated: 1986
Height of Tower: 62 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 228 ft.

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Description
Inchkeith lies in the Firth of Forth and is the closest lighthouse to The Northern Lighthouse Board's Head Quarters in Edinburgh.

The island has had a checkered history and has been fought over many times. The foundations for the lighthouse were built on pre-existing fortifications. During the first and second world wars the island had gun emplacements and anti aircraft batteries. There was a Lloyd's Shipping Station there that handled radio traffic for shipping round the world.

The tower is painted a stone color and was the last to be painted by the keepers themselves before all towers were put out to tender to outside contractors.


Submitted by: pejayhill Date posted: Tue Dec 1, 2009 Views: 2082