Marken

Netherlands - Marken

 

Greetings from Marken, Netherlands

 Marken (Paard van Marken) (2)1839 (J. Valk). Station established 1700. Active; focal plane 16 m (53 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 15.5 m (51 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story keeper’s house. Lighthouse painted white; lantern dome is red. A photo is at right, the Anke/Jens site has a photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Because of its profile as seen from a distance, the lighthouse is traditionally called het paard van Marken (the horse of Marken). The original lighthouse was one of the siblings of De Ven Light. In the winter, northeast winds funnel ice down the IJsselmeer toward the lighthouse, sometimes endangering the buildings; the original keeper’s house was destroyed by ice in 1879, the present keeper’s house was heavily damaged in 1900, and in 1971 ice reached the roof of the keeper’s house. A photo showing ice around the lighthouse is available. The lantern was replaced in 1992, and the fog horn was deactivated in 2001. Located at the eastern tip of the island of Marken, in the Markermeer about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Amsterdam. The island is accessible by a causeway. Site open; tower also open on occasion but we do not know the schedule. ARLHS NET-017; NL-1684. – The Lighthouse Directory

Netherlands - Marken stamps

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