Vlieland Lighthouse

Netherlands - Vlieland LHVlieland Lighthouse

*** Vlieland (Vuurboetsduin, Vuurduin) (2)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. Rutger de Moddertukker’s photo is at right, the Anke/Jens site has excellent photos, Trabas has aphoto by Klaus Potschien, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Bing has a satellite view. Huelse also has a postcard view of the 1836 lighthouse. The present lighthouse was constructed using the upper portion of the 1879 IJmuiden Front Light (see above). The earlier history of Vlieland lights is not well known at all; there are references to lights at least as early as 1543. Located on the highest point of Vlieland, just west of the port town of Oost Vlieland. Site open; tower open daily but hours are limited (inquire locally). Vlieland is accessible by passenger ferry from Harlingen on the mainland; in the summer there is also ferry service from the northern end of Texel. (Visitors are not allowed to bring vehicles to the island, but bus transportation is provided.) ARLHS NET-028; NL-2066; Admiralty B0894; NGA 9968. -The Lighthouse Directory

Netherlands - Vlieland LH stamps

 

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