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|Dear Deb, in answer to your question regarding manned ones yes there are. For there are some Lighthouses built on the top of ships that are anchored in the English Channel. As you may know the English Channel is the worlds busiest shipping lane, and places like the Goodwin sands are very dangerous to say the least. So these specially designed ships with a light on the top warn other ships.
Firstly it is illegal to leave a ship unattended, then you need people there to run bilge pumps and generators as a computer cannot fix them if they go wrong and the sands move a lot, so the ships have to. There are no manned static ones left at all, apart for people who live in them in our many islands that guard the wildlife. But they do not run them, that is done Automatically from the mainland.
We have an awful lot of Lighthouse around our little island as there are some dangerous seas. For you have the English Channel, the North sea, the Atlantic, the Bristol Channel which is one of the highest Tidal races in the world and the Irish sea. Plus lots of little islands going up to Iceland and into the Atlantic which we manage, although there is only sea birds and seals on them apart from the isle of Rhum that has Deer on it. You are never far from the sea in Britain. Even London is only 48 miles from the sea!
Now I know the next time I see a lighthouse to take a picture of it and post it to you!
Kindest Regards from a very cold England.