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Dungeness is the southernmost point on the Kent coast.

Dungeness is a large flat expanse of sand and shingle extending into the Dover strait, and a serious hazard to shipping.

From 1600 a succession of lighthouses were built on Dungeness to prevent ships being wrecked. However, receding sea levels meant that over time the location of each structure was too far from the sea to be safely relied upon. The problem was not solved until the construction of a tower about thirty-five meters high in 1792, which in 1862 became one of the first lighthouses to use electric lighting. Even then, the recession of the sea required a new tower to be built in 1904.

In 1652, a fleet under the command of Admiral Robert Blake (1599-1657) was defeated off Dungeness by the Dutch Admiral Maarten van Tromp (1598-1653).


Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 10 December 2003

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000021

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