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Westerlichttoren

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Location  Haamstede, Netherlands
Construction  brick tower
Height  50 m
Province  Zeeland
NGA number  9576
Automated  yes
Focal height  58 metres (190 ft)
Opened  1840
Phone  +31 111 452 000
Year first constructed  1840
Westerlichttoren
Tower shape  cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern  white and red spiral tower, red lantern and dome
Address  Vuurtoren 1, 4328 KG Burgh-Haamstede, Netherlands
Similar  Lighthouse Westhoofd, Nieuwe Sluis, Noorderhoofd, Vuurduin, JCJ van Speijk Lighthouse

The Westerlichttoren or West Schouwen is a lighthouse in Haamstede, Netherlands. Designed by L. Valk, it was built in 1837. At 53 m above ground and a light stand at 58 m above sea level it is one of the tallest lighthouses in the Netherlands.

Contents

The lighthouse is built in brick and iron, the walls are 2.4 m thick at the bottom, tapering upward. It is painted in a red-and-white spiral. A stair of 226 steps, in stone and partially in iron, leads to the top. The lighthouse is unattended.

Light

The lighthouse is switched on and off automatically by a light sensor. A sailor can recognise the light by its characteristic: group flash 2+1. The current lenses were installed in 1953. Originally the light was an incandescent light bulb of 4200 W, which has been replaced by a 2000 W gas-discharge lamp.

Notability

This lighthouse was well known by the public as it was used for the former 250 Dutch guilder note designed by Ootje Oxenaar.

References

Westerlichttoren Wikipedia


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