Friday, January 13, 2012

0112. Srilanka - Great Basses Lighthouse

Great Basses Lighthouse is an off-shore Lighthouse in the South of Srilanka.  The Lighthouse is operated and maintained by the Srilanka Navy.  The Lighthouse is located on a reef 13km off the coast of Yala National Park, near Little Basses Reef Lighthouse.

The Great Basses Lighthouse is the most famous off-shore Lighthouse(s) of Asia.

The Lighthouse was designed by Alexander Gordon and James Nicholas Douglass.  In 2004, the Lighthouse withstood to Tsunami with modest damage. 

Srilanka Post commemorated the Great Basses Lighthouse by the release of 0.75 cents postage stamp on 22-Jan-1996. 

Built in 1873, the Great Basses Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND granite
  • Tower has a lantern and double gallery
  • Tower painted WHITE
  • Height is 37 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is a FLASH every 15 seconds
  • Lighthouse is accessible only by boat

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