Thursday, November 11, 2010

0007. Finland - Lighthouse (250th Anniversary of Finnish Maritime Administration)

Maritime and Lighthouse always move hand-on-hand. 

Here, the Finnish Maritime Administration celebrated its 250th Anniversary in 1946.  To commemorate the anniversary, a stamp was released on 19-Sep-1946. 

The stamp priced 8 Finnish Markka has an image of a Lighthouse alongwith a Marine Ship in the back-drop.

0006. Estonia - Pakri Tuletorn Lighthouse

Pakri Tuletorn Lighthouse is located in the Pakri Peninsula of Estonia.  It is the first lighthouse in the Pakri peninsula.  Estonia Post commemorated this highest lighthouse by releasing a Stamp valued at 1 kroon 70 senti and a Picture cancellation on 5-Jul-1995.

Built in the year 1889, the PAKRI TULETORN Lighthouse:

  • Tower is CONICAL brick
  • Height is around 52 meters
  • Color scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is 1 (ONE) FLASH every 15 seconds

Monday, November 08, 2010

0005. Finland - Bengtskar Lighthouse

On 10th Sep'2003, Finland postal department issued 5 (five) stamps featuring Lighthouses in the Gulf of Finland.  Pictured are the Lighthouses of Bengtskar, Harmaja, Russaro, Ronnskar and Soderskar.

Situated 25 kilometers South-West of Hanko, BENGTSKAR Lighthouse stands as a Tallest Lighthouse in Scandinavia.  The Lighthouse stands on the rocky islet in the Gulf of Finland.  The lighthouse was damaged during the World War I and II.  Later on, the lighthouse was renovated and today, the Lighthouse has turned into a Museum.

Built in the year 1906, the BENGTSKAR Lighthouse:
  • Tower is CIRCULAR made of stone
  • ELEVATION is 52 meters above the sea
  • Has 252 steps of the spiral staircase
  • LIGHT character is 3 (THREE) FLASHES every 20 seconds

Friday, October 29, 2010

0004. India - Kollam Tangassery Lighthouse Picture Cancellation

The cancellation depicts the Tangassery Point Lighthouse in the city of Kollam in Kerala.  The Lighthouse was built in the year 1902.  This lighthouse acted as an outpost during Portuguese, Dutch and British rules.  The lighthouse stands on the land near the fort of Kollam. 

The Tangassery Lighthouse:
  • Tower is CIRCULAR Masonary
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is 3 (THREE) FLASHES every 15 seconds
  • ELEVATION is around 42 metres
  • Painted with RED and WHITE DIAGONAL bands
  • Located in the COCHIN District of Indian Lighthouse & Lightship Directorate

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

0003. India - Cochin Lighthouse Picture Cancellation

The cancellation is of Cochin Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse is situated on Vypin Island near Cochin.  The Lighthouse was built by British in the 1830s. The original lighthouse was replaced in 1920, and then in 1936.

The Cochin Lighthouse:
  • Tower is Circular Double Shell Concrete
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is 4 (FOUR) FLASHES every 20 seconds
  • ELEVATION is around 49 metres
  • Painted with RED and WHITE HORIZONTAL bands
  • Located in the COCHIN District of Indian Lighthouse & Lightship Directorate

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

0002. India - Mangalore Lighthouse Picture Cancellation

The cancellation depicts the Mangalore Lighthouse, the coastal city of Karnataka.  The Lighthouse was constructed by the 18th century ruler, Tipu Sultan.  Tipu Sultan personally wanted to develop the city as great naval importance.  The port city acted as a valuable tract of land containing a port of commercial and strategic importance to his capital, Mysore.

Because of high rise buildings, the view of the Lighthouse was obstructed and hence, the Lighthouse has become non-operational.  The surroundings of the Lighthouse was made into a park, which was named after the great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore.

The Mangalore Lighthouse:
  • Tower is Masonary with Square lattern
  • ELEVATION is around 15 metres
  • Presently non-operational

Friday, October 22, 2010

0001. India - Minicoy Lighthouse

India celebrated the centenary of one of its Lighthouse in the year 1985 and it is the Minicoy Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse is located in the Minicoy Island. 

The Minicoy Island is the Southern most Island of Lakshadweep which is located in Arabian Sea of Indian Western Coast Line.

A Commemorative Stamp of  Re.1 denomination on 2nd February 1985 was released by India Post to mark  the occasion of the 100 Years of Minicoy Lighthouse.  This stamp is released in the theme - LIGHTHOUSE.

The Minicoy Lighthouse:
  • Tower is Tapering CIRCULAR shape
  • Colour Scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light Character is FLASH WHITE every 15 seconds
  • ELEVATION is around 45 metres
  • Located in the WESTERN COASTAL LINE of India