Watwick Point Beacon

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Watwick Point Beacon
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The Watwick Beacon in 2007
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Location Watwick Point
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°41′46″N5°09′14″W / 51.696247°N 5.153987°W / 51.696247; -5.153987 Coordinates: 51°41′46″N5°09′14″W / 51.696247°N 5.153987°W / 51.696247; -5.153987
Year first constructed 1970 [1]
Automated 1970
Construction reinforced concrete tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with platform
Markings / pattern unpainted tower with rectangular slatted daymark painted black with a white vertical stripe on the range line
Height 50 metres (160 ft)
Focal height 80 metres (260 ft)
Original lens sealed beam
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic F w
Racon Y Blue pencil.svg
Admiralty number A5286.3
NGA number 5620
ARLHS number WAL-042
Managing agent Milford Haven Port Authority [2]

Watwick Point Beacon is a leading light, which is a type of lighthouse, located near Dale, Pembrokeshire, in Wales. It is designed to lead ships into Milford Haven in conjunction with the West Blockhouse Point Beacons. It is situated about half a mile to the north-east of West Blockhouse Point. [3]

Lighthouse structure designed to emit light to aid navigation

A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Dale, Pembrokeshire Village in United Kingdom

Dale is a small village and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales, located on the peninsula which forms the northern side of the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway. The village has 205 inhabitants according to the 2001 census, increasing to 225 at the 2011 Census.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

Watwick Point Beacon comprises a circular pinkish-white tower. A large board at the top of the tower contains a vertical black and white daymark. [4] The mains-powered single-beam light is mounted on a gallery on top of the tower and gives out a flashing white light which is visible for 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi). [5] [4] The height of the tower is 159 feet (48 m) and the light shines out at this height. [3]

Tower structure with height greater than width

A tower is a tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant margin. Towers are distinguished from masts by their lack of guy-wires and are therefore, along with tall buildings, self-supporting structures.

Daymark Daytime aid to navigation

A daymark or a day marker is the daytime identifier of an aid to navigation (ATON) or daybeacon.

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  2. Watwick Point Beacon The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 4 June 2016
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