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Postby Optics » Mon Apr 25, 2005 5:39 am


This lighthouse is old where is it located and what is its name? Clue: It has a distinctive shape.

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Postby ron » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:53 pm


porto pi?
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Postby Optics » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:29 am


Ron,

You are too far to the south; this lighthouse is in the northern latitudes.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:06 am


Looking at the photo above, the upper silhouette sure
looks familiar but as of yet I still can't verify which one
it is. ('Still looking, though.... :))

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Postby LeadingLight » Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:36 am


Considering its shape it can very well be a German one
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Postby Optics » Tue Apr 26, 2005 8:30 am


You are progressing in the right direction, but sorry its not in Germany.
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Postby mikev » Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:13 pm


Hmm... in your who's who profile you profess a love of travel to Scotland. I'm guessing Aberdeen -- either the harbor light or Girdle Ness.
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Postby LeadingLight » Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:59 pm


It looks like it has a balcony halfway and one on top. That made me think it was German. But the Swedish also built a lot like that. So I go further North to Sweden. Is that the right direction?
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:45 pm


Girdleness, Scotland.

Hi Frans, welcome to the forum.
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Postby Optics » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:28 pm


Ah, the prize is won! GIRDLENESS Scotland it is. Thanks to all who submitted answers.
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Postby island » Wed Apr 27, 2005 5:31 am


The Girdleness (or Girdle Ness) tower does not look like a typical Stevenson design. I wonder what function the lower gallery deck served, a fog signal perhaps.

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Postby Optics » Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:50 am


Actually is was a Stevenson design, but very early. The bulge in the lower part of the tower used to be the top of the tower and held a circle of reflectors and oil lamps to create a reflector style fixed light. This was later replaced by the addition of the much taller tower and a Fresnel lens.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:54 am


The NLB has an good fact-sheet on Girdle Ness:
http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/girdleness.htm

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Postby island » Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:46 pm


It certainly is a unique design light tower. So the lower gallery was the top of the original tower. The original structure must have been substantial to support the weight of the added height.
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