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The Nab Tower is a tower planned for anti-submarine protection in the Straits of Dover in World War I. It was sunk over the Nab rocks east of the Isle of Wight to replace a lightship after the war, and is a well known landmark for sailors as it marks the deep water eastern entry into the Solent.

Latitude 50° 40'.05 N Longitude 00° 57'.07 W<BR>Height above mean high water 27 metres.<BR>White flash every 10 seconds - 11,739 Candela Incandescent Electric Filament Lamp.<BR>Fog signal - two blasts every 30 seconds (range 2 nautical miles).


During the First World War the British Admiralty designed eight towers code named M-N that were to be built and positioned in the Straits of Dover to protect allied merchant shipping from German U-boats. Designed by civilian Mr. G. Menzies, the towers were to be linked together with steel nets and armed with two 4-inch guns with the idea of closing the English Channel to enemy ships. However by the end of the war in 1918 only one had been completed, at a fantastic cost (at the time) of one million pounds, and was located at Shoreham Harbour, awaiting deployment. While another part-built tower would eventually be dismantled in 1924, there remained the completed metal cylinder sitting on a raft of concrete.

In 1920 the completed tower was towed by two paddle wheel tugs to the Nab rock, a rock in the deep-water approach to the eastern Solent and previously marked by a lightship. Buoyancy was provided by the honeycomb...
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