Pladda Lighthouse

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Pladda High Lighthouse
Pladda Lighthouse
Pladda Lighthouse is located in Scotland
Pladda Lighthouse
Location Pladda
Firth of Clyde
Coordinates 55°25′30″N 5°07′06″W / 55.425129°N 5.118362°W / 55.425129; -5.118362Coordinates: 55°25′30″N 5°07′06″W / 55.425129°N 5.118362°W / 55.425129; -5.118362
Year first constructed 1790
Automated 1990
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height 29 metres (95 ft)
Focal height 40 metres (130 ft)
Range 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) W 30s.
Admiralty number A4326
NGA number 4316
ARLHS number SCO-172
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]
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Pladda Lighthouse is an active 18th century lighthouse situated at the southern end of the island of Pladda. The lighthouse dates from 1790 and was designed by Thomas Smith. It was the first light on the Clyde to be commissioned by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights. It had both an upper and a lower light to distinguish it from the three other lighthouses in the Firth of Clyde. In 1876 Pladda was about the third station to have a foghorn. The 'double lights' were replaced by a powerful flashing system in 1901. Lightkeepers were withdrawn in 1990 when the lighthouse was automated; it is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Boards Headquarters in Edinburgh.

The lighthouse tower is 95 feet (29 m) in height; there are 128 steps to the top. Under normal conditions, its light (3 white flashes every 30 seconds) is visible for 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi).[3][4]

Pladda and its lighthouse feature extensively in Peter Hill's book Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper.

See also


  1. ^ Pladda (High) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 11 May 2016
  2. ^ Pladda Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 11 May 2016
  3. ^ "Northern Lighthouse Board - Pladda". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Pladda, Lighthouse (40074)". Canmore. Retrieved 2012-08-04.

External links

  • Northern Lighthouse Board

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