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Postby Ruilof » Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:30 am


One of the smaller Dutch lighthouses on the former island of Urk in the IJsselmeer (the great lake of Holland)

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Postby epona » Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:21 pm


Question - How small - what do you mean by this? and intercomparison to what other lighthouses and how tall are they?

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Postby Ruilof » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:24 pm


Good question.
Hight of the light is 27 meters and with 40.000 cd a visibilty of 18 miles. So think it's one of the smaller lighthouses. Reason for this is that it's not situated at the NorthSea coast, but at the coast of the former Zuiderzee, now called the IJsselmeer.

I know there are smaller lighthouses, mostly harbourlights. This one is not a harbourlight.

Other Dutch lighthouses at the Northsea coast are taller, up to 67 meters (Maasvlakte), and have visibility as far as 30 miles from 5.200.000 cd (Den Helder)
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:40 am


Ruilof.....
Does Holland have any river lights? Also, do they have any range lights? One more question.....do they have any 'manned' lights or are they all automated, now?

Thanks for the nice photo and data!
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Postby LeadingLight » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:48 am


There are riverlights, but only smaller beacons. The entrance to the Rotterdam harbour has a tall lighthouse and three light ranges, so a total of 7 lighthouses. The most western light range marks the entrance of the harbor, the two inner ranges mark the canal inside the harbor and may be considered as river lights. There are a few old river lights that can be called lighthouses, but they are not operational since a lot of river mouthes were closed by dykes to protect the low country against threat of western storms and high tide. (This huge project started after severe floodings in 1953 and was completed by the end of the last century. Engineers are now advising on flood protection in the New Orleans area).

The Netherlands have lots of light ranges. I posted an example in this forum http://www.lighthousing.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6029. The lightrange on that photo is formed by two major lighthouses. As said before, the Rotterdam harbor entrance has 6 range lights. Several smaller harbors have light ranges formed by lights on masts, like Harlingen, an ancient town in the North of the country.

Literary the Netherlands do not have any manned lighthouses. However there are people working in the lighthouses of Terschelling and Ouddorp. They are guiding the sea traffic, and are not involved with the light in any way. In case of failure of the light, engineers from the lighthouse service have to come and repair.
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Postby buster » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:12 am


Thanks for the info. :)
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:16 pm


Thanks, Ruilof! Your information was extremely helpful! :)

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Postby Ruilof » Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:14 pm


Being on holidays my good friend Leading Lights took over on this one :)
Thanks LL
Here are two couples of the leading lights of the Rotterdam-port. the red ones (foreground) and two black ones (background). On the right, in the distance you can see one of the harbour lights.

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Postby mombo » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:29 pm


the former island of Urk


Ruilof, my question is this. Is Urk no longer an island...or is it no longer called Urk???
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Postby LeadingLight » Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:36 am


Since I got used to answer questions asked to Ruilof, I will do this one as well :lol:

Urk used to be an island in the Zuiderzee (South Sea), an (almost) inland sea here in the Netherlands. In a huge project to protect the land and reclaim new land, the sea was cut off from the North Sea by a long dyke and turned into the present IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel). Parts of the lake were reclaimed and the island of Urk became part of the new Noordoostpolder (North East Polder)

Here is an image (the png-file format cannot be shown as an image here on the forum, so you need to click the link)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Zuiderzeeworks.png You will find Urk as the western point of the Noordoostpolder

The entire operation started after severe floods in 1916. If you want to read more about it, read this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuiderzee_Works

One of the weird side effects of the reclaiming of land was that one of our lighthouses is now situated almost 20 kilometres from the sea. The old light of Kraggenburg is located near Vollenhove (see linked image above) in the east of the polder. Photos of this lighthouse and it's recent restoration are at http://www.kraggenburg.nl/ (click "historie" in the left frame, and then "restauratie".)
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Postby epona » Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:45 am


I was impressed by what I just read - concerning the reclaimed land. What a huge undertaking. It seems like the system is working out well and for everyone's benefit.

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Postby mombo » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:03 pm


Gee I'm glad I asked that question! Thanks Frans for your informative reply. And we get to tour another lighthouse too! :)
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