Admiralty Pier Lighthouse and White Cliffs of France, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 11, 2010

This lighthouse, located at the end of the 4000-feet long Admiralty Pier and currently undergoing maintainance, is more properly called the "Admiralty Pier Light". It was built in 1908 and is a 72 feet high cast iron tower with a white flash every 7.5 seconds when in use. Operator: Dover Harbour Board. (1)

The height of the focal plane is 69 feet. The station was established in 1842 and the previous structure was a red tower, 30 feet high, built in 1876. ARLHS ENG-214; Admiralty A0902; NGA 1268. (2)

To the left of the pier is the beginning of the 246 yard wide Western Entrance to the Straits of Dover and English Channel (the other side of the entrance is formed by the western end of the Southern Breakwater).

The Admiralty Pier is the part of the Western Docks where the Cruise Ships berth. Indeed, the lights in the vertical panel to the left of the lighthouse are turned to green because the MS Disney Magic has just passed through the Western Entrance on her way to Oslo in Norway: click to see the Disney Magic in the Western Entrance during an earlier visit (June 12th).

The above zoomed Dover Harbour photo was taken at 5.18 pm on Tuesday, 6th of July 2010, from the seaward end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

For information on all things related to fishing see the Dover Sea Angling Association Admiralty Pier Forum (photo of DSAA Clubhouse).

On the horizon are cliffs and hills in the Sandgatte area of northern France, some 21 miles away. Sandgatte is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department and it was from Sandgatte beach that Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the English Channel on Sunday, 25th of July 1909, landing at Northfall Meadow behind Dover Castle.

Click to see the Dover Breakwater West End Light, the Prince of Wales Pier Light and all Lighthouse and White Cliffs photos.

(1) Lighthouse Depot entry for Admiralty Pier Light (2) Lighthouses of Southeastern England

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 8, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/06 17:18:37
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash