Souter was the world’s first function constructed lighthouse to be powered by electrical energy when it opened in 1871
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the enduring Souter lighthouse, halfway between the River Tyne and River Wear on the coast of North East England.
Souter, was ‘a marvel of it is age’ engineered with the very newest superior expertise when it opened in 1871. It was the world’s first function constructed lighthouse to be powered by electrical energy and can be residence to one of many world’s first fog horn buildings.
Built to shield delivery from harmful submerged rocks and thick smog from trade in Sunderland and Newcastle, earlier than the lighthouse was constructed, this shoreline was probably the most harmful in the nation due to the excessive variety of ships that have been wrecked on the harmful reefs off the coast of Whitburn.
Souter protected the lives of sailors on the Tyne and Wear coast for over a century earlier than it was lastly decommissioned in 1988.
It is now managed and guarded by the National Trust who’re making ready to welcome guests again to Souter when museums and public galleries reopen on May 17 in line with the Government’s Covid highway map.