Sunday, October 30, 2011

0096. Jersey - Sorel Point Lighthouse

The Sorel Point Lighthouse is located atop the cliff on the Northernmost point of Jersey.

Jersey Post commemorated the Sorel Point Lighthouse by the release of 64p stamp on 5-Oct-1999

Built in 1938, the Sorel Point Lighthouse:
  • Tower is CYLINDRICAL concrete PILLBOX
  • Tower is painted BLACK and WHITE checkerboard pattern
  • Height is 3 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE or RED depending on direction
  • Light character is 2 seconds ON and 5.5 seconds OFF

Thursday, October 13, 2011

0095. Cyprus - Paphos Lighthouse

The Paphos Lighthouse is located at the South-Western corner of the Island, where the Lighthouse served as the landfall light for ships arriving from Britain.  The Lighthouse is on a promontory projecting into the Mediterranean at Paphos.

This Lighthouse - British Imperial tower is the best known and most visited Lighthouse(s) of Cyprus and stands next to a 2nd century Roman amphitheater.

Department of Postal Services, Cyprus commemorated the Paphos Lighthouse by the release of Euro 0.34 stamp on 4-May-2011

Built in 1888, the Paphos Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND stone
  • Tower is painted WHITE
  • Height is 20 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is 1 (one) LONG FLASH every 15 seconds

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

0094. China - Twin Pagoda Lighthouse Picture Postcard

The twin Jiangxinyu Lighthouse was built in 869 AD and 969 AD.  According to Wenzhou County annals, this Tang Dynasty pagoda was built as a day-beacon for sailors arriving in Wenzhou.  The second Lighthouse was built exactly 100 years after the first.

The Lighthouse(s) are located at the Eastern end of Jiangxin Island in Wenzhou.

Both Jiangxinyu pagodas were listed as National Cultural Heritage Sites. 

China commemorated the Twin Pagoda Lighthouse by the release of 80f stamp on 18-May-2002. 

Built in 869 AD, the old Jiangxinyu Lighthouse:
  • Tower is HEXAGONAL stone
  • Tower is now partially in ruins
Built in 969 AD, the New Jiangxinyu Lighthouse:
  • Tower is HEXAGONAL stone
  • Tower is with 5 balconies and a pyramidal roof

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

0093. China - Lin'gao Lighthouse Picture Postcard

Lin'gao Lighthouse was built in 1894 in the North-West end of Hainan Island.  The Lighthouse was very important, marking the route from Qiongzhou Strait to North Ban and South-East Asia.  The Lighthouse is made of steel.
This is one of the Chinese Lighthouse which was elected as Historical Lighthouse(s) of the World by the International Association of Maritime Airs to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities in 1997.
China commemorated the Lingao Lighthouse by the release of 80f stamp on 18-May-2002. 
Built in 1893, the Lin'gao Lighthouse:
  • Tower is HEXAGONAL PYRAMIDAL skeletal
  • Tower is with lantern, gallery and central cylinder
  • Tower is painted RED and WHITE HORIZONTAL bands
  • Height is 21 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is 3 (three) FLASHES followed by one longer WHITE flash every 27 seconds

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

0092. Germany - Kampen Lighthouse Picture Cancellation

The Kampen Lighthouse is located on the geestland, core of the German's island of Sylt, South of Kampen.  When the Sylt belonged to the Danish in 1853, King Frederick VII ordered the construction of a Lighthouse on the Sylt's highest elevation, the red cliff.

The tower was first lit in 1856.  The petroleum lantern at that time was a technical revolution.  The tower was originally constructed from yellow Bornholm bricks and was reinforced with Iron rings in 1875.

In 1929, the entire lantern house was altered and light source was changed from petroleum to electricity.  Until 1953, the Lighthouse used to be greyish-yellow, the colour of the whithered bricks.  Only then it was painted with its present characteristics Black and White.  Since 1977, there are no Lighthouse keepers, as all the active lights on Sylt are remotely controlled by a time switch in Koblenz.

On 4-Jun-2006, the Lighthouse celebrated its 150th anniversary.

The picture cancellation released by the Deutschepost depicts the Kampen Lighthouse.

Monday, October 03, 2011

0091. Lithuania - Uostadvaris Lighthouse

Uostadvaris Lighthouse is located on the South side of the Atmata River, one of the mouths of the Nemunas River, about 12 kms North of Rusne.

Lithuania Post  commemorated  the  Uostadvaris Lighthouse  by   the  release of 3 Litas stamp on 15-Mar-2003.

Built in the year 1876, the Uostadvaris Lighthouse:
  • Tower attached by a covered passageway to keeper's house
  • Tower is unpainted RED brick
  • Lantern and Gallery painted WHITE
  • Height is 13 metres

Saturday, October 01, 2011

0090. Great Britain - Bell Rock Lighthouse

The Bell Rock Lighthouse also called as Inchcape, is in an extremely dangerous reef that barely breaks the surface at low tide.  The construction of the Lighthouse took four years and was justely considered as one of the greatest greatest triumphs of early 19th century engineering.

The Light remains one of the World's most famous wave swept Light Towers.  The Lighthouse is located in the open North Sea about 19 kms South-East of Arbroath.  The Lighthouse is accessible only by boat in very dangerous seas. 

Great Britain commemorated the Bell Rock Lighthouse by the release of 43p stamp on 24-Mar-1998. The band at the foot of the stamp shows the Lighting characteristics [Alternating flashing of White and Red]

Built in 1811, the Bell Rock Lighthouse:
  • Tower is TAPERED stone
  • Tower is painted WHITE 
  • Tower is painted BROWN at the base
  • Lantern is painted BLACK
  • Height is 36 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE and RED
  • Light character is ALTERNATING FLASH every 2 seconds