Thursday, February 25, 2010

Germany - Westerheversand Lighthouse


Gudnen & Fenjan from Germany sent me this pc of Westerheversand lighthouse. It is situated on the German North Sea coast in the northern part of the peninsula of Eiderstedt.  Many ships were stranded in this dangerous area, so in the beginning of this century it was decided to build a lighthouse at this site.  Work on the lighthouse began in 1906. Since the tower was to be built in the sands outside the diked area, a hill as protection against high floods was created. Then it was tightened by letting horses stamp the area.  One hundred twenty seven wooden piles were driven into the ground as a base for the tower. The lighthouse itself is constructed of hundreds of pre-manufactured plates of cast iron. The light was finally lit for the first time in 1908. The light has a total of nine white, red and green sectors to lead vessels through these difficult and dangerous waters, with a range of 21 nautical miles.  The two keepers houses were used until 1978 when the station was automated. Today the quarters are used by the Wattenmeer National Park and a university.  The Westereversand Lighthouse is believed to be the most photographed German Lighthouse and its image can be found on advertisements and book covers throughout the nation.

Stamps: The one on the right says Tier des Jahres 2010 "Animal of the Year"  Dachs "Badger"  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dana,
    what a graet postcard. I love moon cards. And the stamp with the birds are great too....