Trinity House celebrates 500th anniversary
On Tuesday 20 May 2014, the Corporation of Trinity House celebrated its 500th anniversary. It was back in 1514, that Henry VIII awarded a Royal Charter that established the organisation and set in motion five centuries of Serving the Mariner. The Isles of Scilly owes a great deal of gratitude to Trinity House, which is perhaps best known for being the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands. In this role, it provides over 600 aids to navigation and audits a further 10,000 to allow mariners to safely navigate some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. In and around Scillonian waters, these navigational aids include Bishop Rock, the UK's tallest lighthouse standing 49m tall, Peninnis Lighthouse, Round Island, as well as Longships, Tater Du and Wolf Rock off the coast of Land's End. Trinity House also enables mariners to locate thier positions to within 5-10 metres through our differential GPS radio navigation service. The service operates around the clock, every day of the year and in all weather conditions.