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Here's how to move a lighthouse

It’s a very, very slow process.

Imperiled Lighthouse Source: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

MOVING HOME IS never an easy thing to do, but this lighthouse is taking things to a whole other level.

Locals are going to extremes to save an old lighthouse in Massachusetts before coastal erosion wears away the cliff its standing on.

Imperiled Lighthouse Source: Charles Krupa/AP/Press Association Images

The 159-year-old Gay Head Lighthouse is now being moved 50 metres away from the crumbling clay.

The Vineyard Gazette explains how the move is taking place:

The brick-and-mortar lighthouse stands within an enormous excavation, balanced on a 100-ton steel frame and rolling almost imperceptibly along two massive steel beams toward a large concrete pad 129 feet to the east.

Imperiled Lighthouse Source: Charles Krupa/AP/Press Association Images

Soap is being rubbed on the beams to ensure a smooth movement

The mammoth task reportedly requires just three workers.

Imperiled Lighthouse Source: Associated Press

You can watch the progress live here, although as you can probably imagine it’s not a speed process.

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