Nore Light

The term ‘Nore Light’ refers to the lightship that was anchored to mark the dangerous Nore Sands in the Thames estuary. The Nore sandbank is 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) east of Sheerness in south-east England. The sandbank and light were named after the ‘Nore’, the first lightship to be positioned at the sand bar, in 1732. The Nore was a small cargo ship and it had two braziers, one attached to each end of a horizontal beam mounted on its mast. Both fires were lit at dusk to warn ships’ navigators to steer clear of the sands.

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