Bureau des Phares et Balises
The original lighthouse here was destroyed by the Germans in 1944. A "temporary" light erected in 1946 remained active until 1955. As the English Channel is only 17 miles wide at this point, the Cap Griz-Nez light can be seen at night from Dover and Folkestone on the English coast.
Tower Height: 102
Height of Focal Plane: 236
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds, visible for 29 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: Gray circular masonry tower, black lantern.
This light is operational
1837: White circular tower, 46 feet tall, dwelling attached (tower raised about 33 feet in 1861). 1946: Lantern on a pyramidal skeleton tower, focal plane height of 213 feet.
Date Established: 1837
Date Present Tower Built: 1955
Date Automated: 1986
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
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