Start Point Lighthouse, South Devon, England
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Sentinel of the sea. International Lighthouse Weekend
Every year, on this day, lighthouse enthusiasts and maritime history buffs around the world come together to celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend, which was established by the members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland. It aims to honour the rich history and functionality of these iconic beacons. The event also encourages lighthouse workers and owners to welcome people to view their lighthouses. These humongous structures function by utilising a combination of light, instruments and precise engineering.
Among these renowned structures is the Start Point Lighthouse, standing tall on a rugged cliff in Devon, England, overlooking the English Channel. Built in 1836, this elegant lighthouse was designed by James Walker—a British civil engineer—and its bright beam guided vessels to safe passage throughout its existence. This day reminds us of these towering structures' invaluable role in shaping maritime history and ensuring the safety of seafarers in treacherous waters worldwide.