Roker lighthouse at the pier head was completed in 1903.
Its distinctive stripes are of naturally coloured red and white Aberdeen granite.
When built it was said to be Britain’s most powerful port lighthouse.
The light was semi-automated in 1936 when a new light system was installed by AGA. Full automation followed in 1972 and a new fog horn was provided at the same time.
Subsequent to its removal, the 1903 optic was added to the maritime collection of Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.
Roker Pier Lighthouse still functions today. Both pier and lighthouse have undergone significant refurbishment in recent years.
In 2012, as part of the restoration, a new flashing LED lamp array was installed, replacing the small Pelangi unit previously in use.
In 2018, following a comprehensive six-year process of refurbishment, the lighthouse was opened to the public for the first time; regular guided tours now take place, with access provided by way of the tunnel which runs the length of the pier.
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