Google Doodle Celebrating 321st Anniversary Of The First Lighting Of Eddystone Lighthouse – Google is celebrating the first lighting of Eddystone Lighthouse, on Nov 14, 2019, with doodle sketch artwork.
Google Doodle Celebrating 321st Anniversary Of The First Lighting Of Eddystone Lighthouse | Google Doodle On Eddystone Lighthouse:
Today’s Doodle celebrates 321st anniversary of the first lighting of Eddystone Lighthouse, which is located on the dangerous Eddystone Rocks, 9 statute miles (14 km) south of Rame Head in England.
The first Eddystone lighthouse built on those infamous rocks on this day in 1698.
The Eddystone Lighthouse known for causing numerous shipwrecks over the years, as it is situated near the mouth of the English channel, the Eddystone reef is among the world’s most hazardous stretches of water.
English merchant Henry Winstanley, who invested and experienced the need of lighthouse in the wide open sea, 14 miles from the coast of Plymouth.
Construction began in 1696 and after rising about 80 feet above the rock, the Eddystone Lighthouse was surmounted by a weather vane and domed cupola containing 60 candles and a “great hanging lamp” to warn navigators to steer clear of danger.
Then after the lighthouse was substantially redesigned before its official completion in 1699.
Google Doodle On Eddystone Lighthouse:
Google Doodle informs, “Winstanley believed that the lighthouse could withstand “the greatest storm that ever was,” but destroyed during the historic Great Storm of 1703.”
The recent time structure is the fourth to be built on the site. The first and second were destroyed by extreme storm and fire. The third, also known as Smeaton’s Tower, is the best known as its influence on lighthouse design and its importance in the development of concrete for building.
Google Doodle concludes, “A series of lighthouses have been erected in the same place since then, all of them safeguarding the lives of maritime travelers for more than three centuries.”
The Eddystone Rocks are an extreme reef about 12 miles (19 km) SSW of Plymouth Sound, one of the most important naval harbours of England, and midway between Lizard Point, Cornwall and Start Point.
The naval harbours are submerged at high spring tides and were so feared by mariners entering the English Channel.
The French king Louis XIV released Winstanley, saying that “France was at war with England, not with humanity,” although England and France were at war.
It was revealed that the importance and need of the lighthouse transcended international conflicts.