Needles you can not thread. The Needles Lighthouse.

The needles Isle of Wight

The Needles Isle of Wight

The Needles lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1859 it stands just over 33m  high and is a circular straight tower painted in red and white stripes. I have fond childhood memories of this lighthouse, as the local TV always ran a story each year about the Christmas supplies and presents being delivered to the lighthouse, which was often delayed due to bad weather. In 1987 the shape of the tower changed forever when a helipad was added to the top of the tower. Automation took place in 1994 and the keepers left for the last time on 8th December of that year. Photo’s taken from the sea with changing light condition as a rain storm  approaches from the North.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

light

Dark Sky's

Dark Sky’s

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A Solent Lighthouse.

Hurst Castle and Lighthouse

Hurst Castle and Lighthouse

On our Paddle Steamer Waverley trip we got some good views of Hurst Castle {Fort} and Hurst Lighthouse from the seaward side Hurst spit extends into the Solent and to guide shipping into the western approaches of the Solent through the needles channel. This is the shortest gap between Hurst point and the Isle of Wight. Trinity House is responsible for the light on the spit. Although a light has been on the site dating back to 1733, the active light on the point today dates to 1867. The 26 metretower was automated in 1923, 4 white and 1 red light flashes every 15 seconds. The white light can be seen for 13 nautical miles and the red for 10 nautical miles.

the Lighthouse

the Lighthouse

as we past the light darkened and warned of a aproching showes

As we pass the light the darkened sky warned of an approaching shower

A Paddle Steam along the coast.

THE PS Waverley

THE PS Waverley

Yesterday we took trip on the PS Waverley the last sea going paddle steamer. Our trip started at 106 berth Southampton sailing at 10.00hrs then down Southampton Water into Portsmouth harbour. We then headed for Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Later   on to the Needles and around the point into choppier seas before heading back. The Waverley was built on the Clyde in 1947 to replace the original Waverley that was lost off Dunkirk in 1940. This blog shows pictures of the paddle steamer my next blogs will show the pictures of the trip.

Along side Southampton

Along side Southampton

Another view

Another view

Crew member at work

Crew member at work

At Sea

At Sea

lounge

lounge

engines

engines

funnels

funnels