Boston Light

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Boston Light

 Boston (2)1783 (oldest U.S. light station, established 1716). Active; focal plane 102 ft (31 m); white flash every 10 s. 89 ft (27 m) round rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery (raised from 75 ft (23 m) in 1859), rotating 2nd order Fresnel lens (1859). Tower painted white, lantern black. Fog horn (2 blasts every 30 s). Recently restored 2-story Victorian wood keeper’s house (1884), fog signal building (1876), oil house (1889), and other buildings. A photo is at right, Anderson has an excellent page for the lighthouse, Trabas has a photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Bing has an aerial view. This light tower replaced the first U.S. lighthouse (1716), which was blown up by retreating British troops in 1776 (a 1719 fog cannon survives from the earlier light station). It is the second oldest U.S. lighthouse (after Sandy Hook, New Jersey) and it was the last U.S. lighthouse to be automated (1998). Power for the light now comes from a wind turbine in Hull. One of the most famous of all U.S. lighthouses, it is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. This is also the only light station still staffed–purely as a light station–by the Coast Guard, although a number of other lighthouses are located on the grounds of active Coast Guard stations. Historic Boston, Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management have sponsored restoration of the light station. Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands schedules boat tours to the lighthouse in season; check the Little Brewster Islandpage for details. Located on Little Brewster Island north of Hull. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower open to guided tours. Owner/site manager: U.S. Coast Guard. ARLHS USA-073; Admiralty J0314; USCG 1-0425. -The Lighthouse Directory

Khersoneskyi Lighthouse

Ukraine - Khersoneskyi Lighthouse Sunset

Khersoneskyi Lighthouse
Black Sea, Ukraine

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Khersonesskiy Lighthouse

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Khersonesskiy Lighthouse

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Klaipeda Lighthouse

Lithuania - Transportation Early 20c

Klipeda Lighthouse

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Helios AG Lighthouse

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Helios AG Lighthouse
Cologne, Germany

The Helios AG für elektrisches Licht und Telegraphenanlagenbau was a German electrical engineering company. Founded in 1882 it existed until its liquidation in 1930. The company was based in the town of Ehrenfeld, which was incorparted into Cologne in 1888. The company is nowadays mostly known for the Heliosturm, a lighthouse on the former site of the factory that was constructed for test and research purposes. -Wikipedia

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Vlieland Lighthouse

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*** 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

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Murmansk Memorial Lighthouse

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Murmansk Memorial Lighthouse

Murmansk Memorial Date unknown. Approx. 28 m (92 ft) hexagonal cylindrical tower with lantern and two galleries, painted with red and white horizntal bands. Anastasia Kharkacheva has a fine photo, Austin Charron has also posted a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse is a memorial to seamen lost at sea in the Arctic. Located high on a hill above the city, it has no navigational value, but it deserves special mention as the only lighthouse in the Murmansk area readily accessible to tourists. Site open, tower status unknown but probably open. – Lighthouse Directory

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