Saturday, 15 September 2012

Inside Souter Lighthouse

 Souter, the first electrically operated lighthouse, opened in 1871.

The spiral staircase

The rotating lenses, floating on a bed of mercury.

An auxiliary beam warned ships of the rocks through this aperture

Looking out to sea with the foghorn in the right foreground

Inside the lighthouse keeper's quarters

From the top of the tower there is a splendid view north. Here a Thompson's cruise ship leaves the Tyne. Just above the bow of the ship are the orange painted silos in Blyth harbour, and just to the right of them you can see St Mary's lighthouse.

A rainbow behind the lighthouse.