Lighthouses along the Dutch Coast

Lighthouses along the Dutch Coast

vuurtorens langs de Nederlandse kust 

1. Schiermonnikoog – 1853 – 1854. Active; focal plane 44 m (144 ft); four white flashes, separated by 3.1 s, every 20 s; there is also a continuous directional light, white or red depending on direction, shown only to the northeast, at a focal plane of 30 m (98 ft). 36 m (118 ft) round brick and stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted bright red; lantern is white with a red dome. 3rd order Fresnel lens.

2.Amelan – 1880 – 1881 (Quirinius Harder) (station established 1876). Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); three white flashes, separated by 2.8 s, every 15 s. 55 m (181 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and double gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands.

3.Terschelling – 1593 – 1835 (station established about 1330; tower built in 1594 by Pieter Albertsz. Clock from Medemblik). Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white flash every 5 s. Massive 52.5 m (172 ft) square brick tower with lantern, gallery, and an enclosed modern observation room. Two 4th order Fresnel lenses in use. Today it is one of the most famous lighthouses in the Netherlands. Located in the village of West Terschelling

4.Vleiland – 1876 – 1909 (station established 1836). Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 17 m (55 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and double gallery, painted red; lantern is white with a red dome. 1st order Fresnel lens in use. An observation tower stands next to the lighthouse.

5.Texel – 1863 – 1864 (extensively rebuilt in 1948-49). Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); two white flashes, separated by 2.3 s, every 10 s. 35 m (114 ft) round cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted red; lantern and watch room painted white. 3rd order Fresnel lens in use.

6.Den Helder – 1877 – 1878 (Quirinius Harder). Station established 1822. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); four white flashes, separated by 3.1 s, every 20 s. 55.5 m (182 ft) 16-sided cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red; lantern painted white with a red dome. 1st order Fresnel lens in use. Rotating radar antenna mounted atop the lantern.

7. Egmond aan Zee – 1834 – 1834. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white light, 5 s on, 5 s off; red light is shown over a sector along the shore to the north. 28 m (92 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story masonry building; the watch room has been expanded to a large 16-sided observation room. Tower painted white; lantern and observation room painted gray.

8.IJmuiden – 1878 – 1879 (Quirinius Harder). Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); white flash every 5 s. 43 m (142 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted a reddish brown; lantern is white with a reddish-brown dome. Two 4th order Fresnel lenses in use.

9.IJmuiden – 1878 – 1879 (Quirinius Harder). Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); continuous light, white or red depending on direction; during the day a continuous white light is shown along the range line only. 24 m (79 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted a reddish brown; lantern is white with a reddish-brown dome. A rotating radar transmitter stands on a mast beside the lantern. Adjacent to the lighthouse is a 3-story building housing the harbor control center and a restaurant

10.Noordwijk aan Zee – 1921 – 1923 (C. Jelsma). Station established 1854. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white light, three occultations (2 s each) every 20 s. 26 m (84 ft) square brick and concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. The tower has an observation level with a bay window about 2/3 of the way up.

11.Scheveningen – 1875 – 1875 (Quirinius Harder). Station established by 1630. Active; focal plane 49 m (161 ft); two white flashes, separated by 2.3 s, every 10 s. 30 m (98 ft) dodecagonal (12-sided) cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, attached or adjacent to a 2-story keeper’s house. 3rd order Fresnel lens in use. Lighthouse painted red, lantern and gallery white with a green dome.

12. Breskens – 1867 – 1868 (Quirinius Harder). Inactive since 2011. 22 m (72 ft) octagonal cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted with black and white horizontal bands; lantern is black with a white roof.

13.Ouddorp -1947 – 1950 (G. Friedhoff). Station established 1862. Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); three white flashes, separated by 2.8 s, every 15 s. 52 m (170 ft) square red brick tower with gallery, topped by an octagonal watch room, lantern, and second gallery. 2nd order Fresnel lens in use.

14.Haanistede -1837 – 1840. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); three white flashes every 15 s, the first two separated by 2.4 s and the others by 6 s. 50 m (164 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted in a red and white spiral (“barber pole”) pattern; watch room, lantern, and gallery painted red. 2nd order Fresnel lens in use

15. Westkapelle – 1470 – The oldest lighthouse, built 1458-1470, 52 m (171 ft) tall, visible from 28 nautical miles (52 km; 32 mi) and standing prominently at the entrance to the village, is the remainder of a church that burned down in the 18th century. In 1818 the light was added to the top.

16.Westkapelle – 1875 – The other Westkapelle lighthouse, standing on the outer slope of the dyke, was built in 1875 of cast iron, is only 16 m (52 ft) tall and has a visibility range of 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi).

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