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Jun 16, 2024

Lighthouse automation in 1893

Lighthouses around the UK have been automated in recent decades, but Newport's East Usk lighthouse has been running itself since as far back as 1893. After trials of the concept at the Thames estuary, a clockwork mechanism was ...

ordered for the new lighthouse at the entrance to Newport docks. The machinery saved fuel by adjusting the lantern at dawn and dusk, even being programmed for the changing length of daytime through the year. For more about the lighthouse - and the story of a "child parachutist" whose body was found nearby in 1896 - use your smartphone to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes beside the Wales Coast Path near the lighthouse. Or click here