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Kolka lighthouse
C3478; ARLHS LAT-006

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The lighthouse guides ships around the dangerous Kolkasrags (Cape Kolka), at the eastern entrance to the Irbe Strait from the Gulf of Rīga. A pair of range lights were built on the point of the cape in 1818 to guide ships around the offshore shoals. Thse proved inadequate, so a lightship station was established in 1858. A temporary lighthouse was lit offshore in 1875, well before completion of the permanent tower. The seawall protecting the station was replaced in 1976-78. On the picture is foundation ruins, presumably the remains of the 1875 lighthouse. Located on a small artificial island 6 km (3.75 mi) northeast of the cape. Accessible only by boat; there must be distant views from the cape area. Site and tower closed.

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Album name:Belsar / Latvia
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):Active
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):1884 (station established 1875). Round cast iron tower with lantern and double gallery, all painted red; lantern dome is black. Keeper's house and other light station buildings enclosed by an octagonal seawall.
Height of the tower, m:21 Focal plane elevation above sea level, m:20
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Group flashing, 2 flashes in 10s, flash 1s, eclipse 1s, white
Range, nm:10 nmi
Any other comments:Watched light. Racon(K).[0.03-X]. Sector of reception 0.00-360.00. Maximum range-17.00M Historical information taken from http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/ and http://www.bakas.lv
Coordinates (in any format):57.802400, 22.633987
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Date added:Mar 26, 2013
Keywords:Latvia ; Gulf of Riga ; Kolka ; Offshore
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