Monday, June 27, 2011

0053. Germany - Warnemunde Lighthouse

Warnemunde Lighthouse is a best known landmarks of the Rostack area.  The lighthouse is located in a public square in the downtown Warnemunde from the west bank of the river Warnow. 

The Lighthouse can be climbed by a spiral staircase.  Upto 1978, the Lighthouse was watched by a Lighthouse keeper.  Now, the service is centralized and managed by Sea traffic control centre.

Germany commemorated the Warnemunde Lighthouse by the release of :

1. 15 Pf - Pfennig stamp on 7-May-1974 and
2. 45 Euro Cent stamp on 3-Jul-2008

Built in the year 1898, the Warnemunde Lighthouse:

  • Tower is ROUND TAPERED brick
  • Tower has 2 gallaries, one in the top and the other in the centre
  • Tower is UN-PAINTED very light grey brick
  • Darker bricks used in the lower half of the tower
  • Lattern dome is un-painted green copper
  • Height is 31 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is 4 (four) FLASHES every 24 seconds in 3+1 pattern
  • Light flashes occur at 0, 3, 6 and 15 seconds in the cycle

Sunday, June 26, 2011

0052. Germany - Greifswalder Oie Lighthouse

Greifswalder Oie is a small island in the Baltic Sea.  The Island is located east of Rugen on the German Coast and the island covers an area of about 54 hectares.  The Lighthouse is located at the North-Eastern Cornet of the Island.  The Island has a protected harbour at the other South-Western end.

A beautiful but rarely visited Lightstation in the North-East.  From 1937 to 1945, the Island was a launch site for the German Missile Development Program.  The East German government continued the use of the Island as a Military base.

Nowadays, the islet is an un-inhabited sea bird reserve, save for a single man who works the Lighthouse, manages the small emergency Yacht harbour.

Germany  commemorated the Greifswalder Oie Lighthouse by the release of :

1. 40 Pf - Pfennig stamp on 7-May-1974 and
2. 45 Euro Cent stamp on 8-Jul-2004

Built in the year 1855, the Griefswalder Oie Lighthouse:

  • Tower is OCTOGONAL brick
  • Tower is raised on a 1-storey base
  • Tower has double gallery
  • Tower is UN-PAINTED and Galleries painted BLACK
  • Height is 38 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH every 3.8 seconds