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The Lighthouse which currently stands at the very end of Ramsgate's South Breakwater was built in 1842 to replace an earlier wooden tower which stood at the very extremity of the harbour wall - the footprint of which can still be seen in the stones that make up the pier's surface.

The new tower was built by John Shaw, who was also responsible for building up much of the harbour seen today, although the tower was actually designed by well-known Lighthouse Designer John Smeaton, who was responsible for first building a successful Lighthouse on the Eddystone Rock; The first successful off-shore wave-washed lighthouse in the world.

The tower is built from local stone and remains unpainted. A Latin inscription around the gallery reads 'PERFUGIUM : MISERIS', which roughly translates to 'Refuge for the unfortunate'.
Above the stone section is a red painted lantern similar in design to the lantern used at another one of Smeaton's land-based Lighthouses, at shoreham.

The light was originally built to mark the entrance to the town's relatively small harbour, although now the harbour is dwarfed by the Port of Ramsgate, which now surrounds the entrance, leaving the Lighthouse situated almost in the middle of the whole site. The light, which can change from Red to Green indicates if the tide is high enough to enter the harbour - new lights have been built to mark the newer boulder-walls which extend much further out to sea - this part of the port is presumably deeper to allower for larger car-ferries to enter.

My thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Edit - this is now on the cover of the August edition of Kent Life Magazine Smile
Regards - Sarah J x

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Title:'PERFUGIUM : MISERIS'
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:4 Jul 2014 - 10:29 PM
Tags:Kent, Kentscape, Landscape / travel, Lighthouse, Ramsgate, Ramsgate harbour
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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2014 - 11:13 PM

Great capture Sarah, great write upSmile

Cliff

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woolybill1
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5 Jul 2014 - 7:45 AM

Full of character. An unusually-proportioned building though not unattractive; you have given a fascinating history. I've just re-read the Eddystone story to remind myself of Smeaton's work (we studied it in junior school many years ago!) Also reminds me that all I have seen of Ramsgate is the hovercraft terminal Blush
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Bill

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ddolfelin
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5 Jul 2014 - 8:24 AM

Lots of interesting detail in this image.

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TrevBatWCC
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5 Jul 2014 - 3:47 PM

That lighthouse looks quite immaculate and in good condition, compared to Whitby's well-weathered West Pier lighthouse, which dates from about the same period! Smile A lovely capture Sarah, well suited to your style of processing Wink
Trev Smile

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2014 - 9:19 AM

Excellent shot with a good lead in Sarah. The composition is very well done with lots of interest throughout the the frame.
Interesting write up as well.
Derek

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2014 - 7:53 PM

Like your comp and the light lifting the structure nicely here Sarah
Regards Richard

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2014 - 8:26 PM

Light houses are always points of fascination. This is a very nice one, and you have shown it off well.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2014 - 11:34 PM

Thank you everyone for your time, comments and votes, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x

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13 Jul 2014 - 9:16 AM

Nicely processed Sarah, bringing out those strong primary colours very well.

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19 Jul 2014 - 11:48 AM

Lovely scene Sarah, Comp and processing spot on,
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25 Jul 2014 - 2:01 PM

Good lead in Sarah ,with some great light on the stonework, and under yet again a great sky which you seem to always find Wink

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 10:06 AM

Thank you gentlemen, appreciated!
This one is now the front cover of the August edition of Kent Life Magazine Smile


Sarah x

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96277 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2014 - 3:29 PM


Quote: This one is now the front cover of the August edition of Kent Life Magazine Smile

Browsing in the newsagents this morning I thought I had seen that lighthouse somewhere before.... well done Smile Smile

Last Modified By JJGEE at 2 Aug 2014 - 3:30 PM

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2014 - 6:19 PM

Thank you Jeff Smile

Sarah x

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