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Two Lighthouses in Japan

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Postby MontaukPoint » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:09 pm


I was holding off posting these for a while, but what the heck. I was in Northern Japan on business in 2011, and visited two lighthouses on the north end of Honshu;

Shirnuka Lighthouse, Shiranuka (1931)
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Cape Shiriya Lighthouse, Cape Shiriya (the north end of Honshu)
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Postby island » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:41 pm


I notice a rather interesting door that appears much like a watertight door on a ship on this and other Japanese lighthouses of this design and what appears to be portholes for tower windows. Maybe these towers were designed by a naval architect.
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http://www.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/02kanku/sakata/koukouenjyo_gyoumu/toudai/01_tobisima_lh/01_tobishima.htm
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Postby MontaukPoint » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:05 pm


I thought that was a little odd when I was there. That one is an interesting tower -- almost looks like a "modular" unit quickly built up. I have no idea if there was ever a keeper's dwelling with it. There were some houses a few hundred feet away, but nothing too close.

WW2 tie-in: The submarine USS Pickerel was apparently sunk within view of this lighthouse by a ASM attack (can't remember if it was aircraft or naval units -- I think it was aircraft). The other lighthouse (Shiriya) sits at a shipping choke-point (entrance to the Tsugaru Strait) and was attacked by the carrier-based aircraft of TF54 in July of 1945. In that attack the lighthouse was badly damaged and two? of the keepers were killed.
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Postby island » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:20 pm


Regarding bombing of Shiriya, it was targeted for being the location of a radar/radio installation. The submarine Cero (SS-225) had lifeguard and picket duty off Honshu for her eighth war patrol. On 15 July, she rescued three survivors of a downed bomber, and later that day bombarded using deck gun the Japanese lighthouse and radio station.

In searching for more information I found these great videos of the Shiriya lighthouse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YXxBd0GArKU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Spqu5H-Rrs&feature=player_embedded
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