The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Henry Winstanley

Henry Winstanley constructed the first lighthouse on the treacherous rocks at Eddystone. When captured by French privateers, the French king demanded his release and return so that he could complete his work. He died on the rocks when washed out to sea during a storm whilst trying to repair the lighthouse.

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