For almost 150 years, the 13m high lighthouse, owned and maintained by the Port of Tyne, has been an important navigation aid for ships using the river. The Grade 2 listed structure is painted red for navigational reasons and requires specialist paint able to stand up to the environment, weather and sea spray.
Mike Nicholson, harbour master for the Port of Tyne, said: “The Herd Groyne remains an important element of navigational safety. Held up on 12 iron legs, its beacon is visible for 19 miles”.
The Groyne Pier was built by the Tyne Improvement Commission between 1861 and 1867 to help the flow of the river and protect the Littlehaven beach from being swept away by the incoming tide.