A 120-year-old Danish lighthouse has been put on wheels and rails to move it away from the North Sea, which has been eroding the coastline of north-western Denmark. The 'Rubjerg Knude' lighthouse is 23-metre tall and used to be 200 metres away from the coast before sand shifting and erosion put it in danger. The 80-metre move cost £580,000. When it was first lit in 1900, it was roughly 200 metres from the coast; now it is about only six. This lighthouse has the same make of lens as most of our Scottish lighthouses (lens by the French Fresnel brothers in the 1820s)

Navigators --- be careful when taking a bearing on moving lighthouses.

photo courtesy The Guardian newspaper (from Henning Bagger)


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