Tater Du lighthouse, Cornwall

Tater Du lighthouse, Cornwall

Tater Du Lighthouse is the last of the Cornish lighthouses to be built - in 1965, Tater Du is in a headland on the southern coast of the Lands End peninsula in Cornwall, England

The wreck of  a Spanish coaster, the Juan Ferrer, proved to be the catalyst that was required to erect a lighthouse here. On the 23rd of October 1963 the Juan Ferrer, a small coaster ran aground on Boscawen point. The vessel capsized with the loss of 11 lives. The Newlyn and Mousehole Fisherman's association asked Trinity House to build a new light here to forestall future trageties.It was opened in July 1965, and was fully automated and unmanned from the start.

The electric light is operated by batteries which are charged continually from the mains, and will run the light for 5 days in the event of mains failure - in addition standby generator is available. The short building houses a 7 foot 1 inch lantern and its honeycombed front was designed to hold an array of Sound signals.

The light is 3 white flashed every 15 seconds, with a range of 23 miles There is a separate red fixed light that shows in the line over the Runnelstone Rock. The fog signal has two blasts every 30 seconds

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