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South Breakwater

Extending north from the western end of Greyhope Bay, 1½ miles (2.5 km) east southeast of Aberdeen City Centre, the South Breakwater protects Aberdeen Harbour from easterly gales. Built in 1870-73 by Aberdeen Harbour Board's resident engineer, W.D. Cay (1838 - 1925), as part of a scheme to improve the harbour entrance, it replaced an earlier South Breakwater lying a quarter-mile (0.4 km) to the west. The new breakwater was constructed in concrete with a foundation comprising 100-ton concrete-filled bags laid on the sea bed. It is 14.3m (47 feet) in height and 320m (1050 feet) in length. There is a white concrete lighthouse at its termination, which rises to 19m (62 feet).


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