Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

 
Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

The South Foreland Lighthouse off the Kent coast was the first to have an electric light in 1858. Frederic Hale Holmes was a British engineer, and pioneer of the electrical illumination of lighthouses in Great Britain. Early lighthouses had used wood and coal fires, pitch pots and candle lanterns to warn ships.

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