The lantern of Smeaton's Eddystone lighthouse, 1763.
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29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

The lantern of Smeaton's Eddystone lighthouse, 1763.

Rooker, Edward

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Engraving by Edward Rooker. Designed by the English civil engineer John Smeaton (1724-1792) and completed in 1759, this was the third lighthouse to be built on Eddystone Rocks, 14 miles off the coast of Plymouth in Devon. The first two lighthouses, of 1696 and 1709, were destroyed by storm and fire respectively. Smeaton's lighthouse, being the first to be built entirely of stone, revolutionised lighthouse design and set a precedent for later lighthouse engineers. The lantern used 24 tallow candles and was capable of being seen for 14 nautical miles.
 

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