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In the 1830s the River Firth was once part of an important emigration route from Russia and Scandinavia to the New World. It is recorded that a number of parties of Prussians from Magdeburg travelled from the Baltic to Newcastle upon Tyne by ship, and then overland on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway, before being carried in lighters to board a steamer bound down the coast to Liverpool where they embarked for a transatlantic crossing.
This trade provided the revenue to improve the Port of Carlisle and in 1840 a lighthouse was finally placed on the end of the steamer jetty, together with keeper's accommodation. Its history is not well documented although its life was short and it no longer exists.