Eddystone lighthouse

a lighthouse (= tower containing a strong light to warn or guide ships) on a rock in the English Channel about 9 miles/14 kilometres from the coast of Cornwall. It rises 133 feet/41 metres above the water and can be seen for 17 miles/28 kilometres. There has been a lighthouse there since 1696.

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      lighthouse celebrated in folk ballads and seamen's lore, standing on the Eddystone Rocks, 14 miles off Plymouth, Eng., in the English Channel. The first lighthouse (1696–99), built of timber, was swept away with its designer, Henry Winstanley, by the great storm of 1703. The second, of oak and iron, designed by John Rudyerd (1708), was destroyed by fire in 1755. John Smeaton built (1756–59) the third Eddystone Lighthouse (see )entirely of interlocking stone, on a plan that revolutionized the construction of such towers. It stood until replaced in 1882 by the present structure, which stands 133 feet (40 m) above water and was designed by Sir James N. Douglass.

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