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Captain Cook set out in the ENDEAVOUR on his voyage of discovery to Australia in 1768 from the harbour at Whitby, today its the base for the town's fishing fleet.
Extending to Ravenscar around Robin Hood's Bay there are fine beaches for holiday makers and the High cliffs.
The lighthouse is on the cliffs to the south of Whitby.
In 1858, Trinity House built Whitby Lighthouse on Ling Hill. The design was by James Walker, originally it had a pair of towers, aligned north-south and showing fixed lights over Whitby Rock.
In 1890 it was altered when a more efficient light was installed in the smaller tower and the other closed down and later demolished.
Whitby Lighthouse was automated in 1992 and is monitored and controlled by a link from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich in Essex.
Photo by Phil Catterall
Photo by Paul Buckingham
The Photochrome above shows how this would have looked soon after 1900, the second tower had been pulled down by this point. The Photochrome process starts with a black and white photograph and the colour is added according to the photographers notes, before a load of stones are used to print individual colours. White most Photochromes are quite accurate, in this case the buildings could nave been white and greyed to represent shadows. However many more older photographs do suggest that painting the building white did not generally happen until later and many are unpainted stone. See also An introduction to Photochromes.
Whitby Fog Signal. This photograph shows a
view of Whitby Fog Signal (according to the OS 27 map).
Photo By Philip Barker
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