Bell Rock Lighthouse: Life-saving engineering

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When it was built out in the North Sea two centuries ago, eleven miles east of Arbroath, the Bell Rock Lighthouse was hailed as “the most outstanding engineering achievement of the 19th century.”

The 115ft-tall lighthouse was commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse board, and designed by Robert Stevenson, after at least 70 vessels were wrecked on the Angus coast in a massive storm in 1799 and the sinking of 64 gun man-of-war HMS York and the loss of her crew of nearly 500 seamen.