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Name: Cap Gris-Nez Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Framzelle, , France

Location: English Channel, Pas de Calais.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
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

Earlier Towers?
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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