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'PERFUGIUM : MISERIS'

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Kent Lighthouse Ramsgate Landscape and travel Kentscape Ramsgate harbour

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Comments


Nikonuser1 Plus
3 20 10 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 11:13PM
Great capture Sarah, great write upSmile

Cliff

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woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2014 7:45AM
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
Regards
Bill
5 Jul 2014 8:24AM
Lots of interesting detail in this image.
5 Jul 2014 3:47PM
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
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2014 9:19AM
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
Richsr Plus
9 90 220 England
6 Jul 2014 7:53PM
Like your comp and the light lifting the structure nicely here Sarah
Regards Richard
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
6 Jul 2014 8:26PM
Light houses are always points of fascination. This is a very nice one, and you have shown it off well.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
6 Jul 2014 11:34PM
Thank you everyone for your time, comments and votes, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
13 Jul 2014 9:16AM
Nicely processed Sarah, bringing out those strong primary colours very well.

JohnSmile
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
19 Jul 2014 11:48AM
Lovely scene Sarah, Comp and processing spot on,
Geoff.
oll1e Plus
9 57 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 2:01PM
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
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
31 Jul 2014 10:06AM
Thank you gentlemen, appreciated!
This one is now the front cover of the August edition of Kent Life Magazine Smile


Sarah x
JJGEE 11 6.7k 18 England
2 Aug 2014 3:29PM

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
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
2 Aug 2014 6:19PM
Thank you Jeff Smile

Sarah x

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