Saturday, October 20, 2012

0190. Germany - Neuwerk Lighthouse PostMark

The UNESCO WHS 'Wadden Sea' Neuwerk Lighthouse is pictured in the Philatelic Temple of Arms Postmark released by Deutsche Post to commemorate the Nordposta Hamburg 2012, a North German Postage Stamp Exhibition at Rank 3 held from 28th to 30th September 2012.

Neuwerk is an island in the North Sea.  It is located North-West of Duhnen.  Built as a Watch-tower in 1300 by Hamburg, this Lighthouse is the oldest building on the German Coast.  As a day beacon, it has served for 500 years and then, got converted to a Lighthouse by the addition of a large lantern on the roof.  It is now a National Historic site.  The Lighthouse is located at the Southern end of the Island and it is accessible by passenger ferry from Cuxhaven. 

This is one of the Lighthouse on the North Sea coast in the Cushaven area of Germany and along the South side of Elbe estuary in the Stade District, downstream from Hamburg.

Established in 1814, the NEUWERK Lighthouse:
  • Tower is SQUARE masonry
  • Lantern centered on a SQUARE PYRAMIDAL roof
  • Height is 39 metres 
  • Colour scheme of the Light is WHITE, RED or GREEN depending on direction
  • Light character is 3 (three) LONG (2 seconds) every 20 seconds
My sincere thanks to Wolfgang Beyer from Germany for sending me this German Post Mark of Neuwerk Lighthouse.

Friday, October 19, 2012

0189. India - Prongs Lighthouse Cachet

Zoomed picture of the Lighthouse Cachet...

Colaba is a part of the city of Mumbai, India.  The area that is Colaba was originally a region consisting of two islands viz., Colaba and Little Colaba.  The island of Colaba was one of the seven islands of Mumbai ruled by the Portuguese.

Prongs Lighthouse is located South of Colaba Point, the Southernmost point of Salsette Island.  The Lighthouse is accessible only by boat.  This historic lighthouse marks the entrance to Mumbai Harbour, replaced the onshore Colaba Point Lighthouse.  Also, it is one of the few off-shore Lighthouses in the World still staffed.  Further, it was one of the few lighthouses equipped with a cannon to repel pirates.

Prongs Lighthouse is one of the three Lighthouse(s) in the Mumbai Harbour.  The others being, Sunk Rock Lighthouse and Dolphin Lighthouse.

The Prongs Lighthouse (encircled in the FDC) was picturized in the International Fleet Review First Day Cover cachet released by India Post on 18-Feb-2001 . 

Built in the year 1874, the PRONGS Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND tapered stone
  • Tower has lantern and two galleries
  • Tower mounted on a stone pier
  • Tower painted in three HORIZONTAL bands, RED, WHITE and BLACK
  • Height is 44 metres 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

0188. Gibraltar - Trinity Lighthouse at Europa Point

Bottom Right Traffic Light stamp of the Trinity Lighthouse at Europa Point
The Trinity Lighthouse at Europa Point (encircled in the stamp) was commemorated by Gibraltar Post in its Europa 2012 (Visit Gibraltar) stamp issue with the release of a 44p stamp on 15-Jun-2012. 
The details about the Lighthouse is available in my earlier post #0185...

0187. Sri Lanka (erstwhile Ceylon) - Colombo Plan Exhibition

The two stamp(s) valued 5 cents and 15 cents were released by Ceylon Post to commemorate the opening day of the Colombo Plan Exhibition on 23-Feb-1952. Twin stamp(s) depict a Lighthouse. 

The two stamp(s) list year(s) 1931 and 1952, which symbolically represent :

1931, the 21st anniversary of Universal Adult Franchise in Ceylon and
1952, the first anniversary of the Colombo Plan

Colombo Plan is a regional organization born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (erstwhile Ceylon) in January 1950.  It embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in Asia-Pacific region.  The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on Human Resources Development.