Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse from the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 11, 2010

This lighthouse, located at the end of Prince of Wales Pier, is more properly called the "Prince of Wales Pier Light". It was built in 1902 and is a 46 feet high stone tower with a very quick flashing green light, ie 100+ flashes per minute when in use. Operator: Dover Harbour Board. (1)

The height of the focal plane is given as 46 feet, but as this is the same height as the tower it is more likely to be c. 43 feet. ARLHS ENG-214; Admiralty A0902; NGA 1268 (1) (2)

The above zoomed Dover Harbour photo was taken at 1.14 pm on Thursday, 3rd of June 2010, from the seaward end of the Admiralty Pier, just above Cruise Terminal 3.

As indicated above, the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks is where Dover's Cruise Terminal is located and I've taken the majority of my cruise ship photos from the circular walkway at the bottom of the Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse. Having said that, today I'm on the Admiralty Pier primarily to take a photo of the MS Seabourn Sojourn berthed at Cruise Terminal 1.

The Prince of Wales Pier divides Dover Harbour into the smaller Inner Harbour (ex-Commercial Harbour) to the left in the photo and the larger Outer Harbour (ex-Admiralty Harbour) to the right.

Near the base of the Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse in the above photo is a weathered plaque:

(Motif, circled at the bottom with "P.O.W.S.T.S.")


Dedicated to the Boys and Staff of the Prince of Wales Sea Training School at Dover.

The knowledge and commitment of the Staff of the British Sailors Society gave the boys skills to become Men of the sea. The sea made them Men.

From the four corners of the world they came and to the four corners of the world they have returned.

PWSTS Society 2005

The Prince of Wales Sea Training School was located in Princes Street (sometimes given as Princess Street) and I once lived only a few yards away from it in Queen Street. Later I went to St Mary`s Primary School, also in Queen Street. Though St Mary's has gone, the POWSTS building is still there - I'll have to upload a photo of it sometime.

Immediately behind the Prince of Wales Pier Light is the cafe (new photo to be uploaded soon) and in the background facing the seafront are the Gateway Flats (also visible in the Panorama Sunset of Dover Harbour, Seafront and Eastern Docks photo). The flats are actually well over 1600 yards away but appear closer because of the zoom (the lighthouse itself is just over 340 yards away).

On both edges of the photo are small stretches of the beach. Don't be fooled, though, because its not made of sand but of pebbles!

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

Historical notes:

An article in the Illustrated London News of July 22,1893 described the proposals for constructing the Prince of Wales Pier, extending the Admiralty Pier, and 'moving' the Granville Clock Tower:

The scheme of the Dover Harbour Board, for the accommodation of commercial shipping east of the Admiralty Pier, is being carried into execution by Messrs. Coode, Son, and Matthews, engineers, successors to the late Sir John Coode, by whom the works were designed. There will be a new pier, starting from an open iron viaduct. 1260 ft. long, forming an agreeable marine promenade, which will be approached from the esplanade near the Granville Clock-tower. This involves the removal and rebuilding of the clock-tower. The solid pier, at the end of the iron viaduct, will be of concrete blocks faced with granite, equal in height to the Admiralty Pier, and 1500 ft. in length; its direction at first will be south-easterly, but its outer portion will curve to the south-south-west, approaching the end of the Admiralty Pier, to which an extension of 580 ft. will be added. (3)


The Prince of Wales Pier was named after Edward VII who, when Prince of Wales, laid the foundation stone in 1892. The Prince of Wales Pier was opened in 1902. The pier had a stone outer end with shipping berths connecting to land by a cast iron section. In 1905 a railway track was laid along the pier to connect with the berths. These berths were capable of accommodating some of the largest ships then afloat as they had a depth of 40 feet even at low tide. Liners of Norddeutscher Lloyd and the Hamburg America Line called here for a short period 1903-1906. (4)

Click to see the Admiralty Pier Light, the Dover Breakwater West End Light and all Lighthouse photos.

(1) Lighthouse Depot entry for Prince of Wales Pier Light (2) Lighthouses of Southeastern England (3) The new Harbour works at Dover (4) Dover Prince of Wales Pier

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 9, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/03 13:14:55
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash