A Machine Gun Murder, a Killer Whale, and a Lighthouse

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I took these photos of a disused lighthouse at Hale, near Liverpool UK. It was built on the site of an earlier lighthouse dating from 1838 and was completed in 1907. The widest part of the Mersey estuary is around here. 100 years ago it was busy with shipping supplying the industries up river but the water is deserted now.

During the Second World War, the light attracted the attention of enemy aircraft, and bombs were dropped in the area. Once, the keeper’s wife was machine gunned, from the air, as she was opening the lighthouse shutters. More recently a killer whale was stranded near here in October 2001. 

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