Khersonesskiy Lighthouse

Khersonesskiy Lighthouse

Crimea, South Coast Lighthouse, Ukraine

1846 (possibly rebuilt in 1863). Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off, 3 s on, 3 s off, 3 s on, 6 s off, 3 s on, 3 s off, 6 s on, 3 s off, 6 s on, 18 s off. 36 m (118 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A 4th (?) order Fresnel lens is in use.  This historic lighthouse stands on the southwest corner of the Crimean peninsula. The light is built from the same plans as the Tarkhankut Light (see below). The tower is greatly endangered by rising sea level, and a stone berm and semicircular sea wall have been built to protect it. The unusual flash pattern, the Morse code “SW” for Sevastopol’, is the traditional welcome-home for Russian (and Ukrainian) sailors. In August 2008, a diplomatic spat arose after Ukrainian officials tried to seize equipment at the lighthouse and were instead detained by Russian Navy staff. Located at the tip of the peninsula about 15 km (9 mi) west of Sevastopol’. Site open, tower apparently open for climbing but no schedule is available. ARLHS UKR-022; UA-1730; Admiralty E5308; NGA 18320. -From the Lighthouse Directory

Lighthouses of Ukraine Postcard Series – #7

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