The Groyne lighthouse
South Shields has three lighthouses along it’s coastline to warn shipping of the potential dangers presented when approaching land. Souter Lighthouse at Marsden warns of the dangers below the cliffs, the South Pier is to aid ships into the harbour, and the Groyne lighthouse is situated where the River Tyne enters the harbour.
Many ships in the past have ended up stranded on the rocks and silt which used to build up here, although the Port of Tyne Authority no longer has a great deal of use for this one, modern methods have kept a good deep water channel and onboard navigational aids have also had a significant impact in improving marine safety.
The Groyne is situated at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields where tough dune grasses grow and prevent much of the migration of the sands away from the harbour when the winds whip inland from the North Sea.
Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 75 mm lens, 1/200 second, f5.6, iso 50