Vinga Lighthouse

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Vinga fyr
Vinga.jpg
Location Vinga island, Gothenburg Archipelago, Sweden
Coordinates 57°38′N 11°36′E / 57.633°N 11.600°E / 57.633; 11.600Coordinates: 57°38′N 11°36′E / 57.633°N 11.600°E / 57.633; 11.600
Year first constructed 1890
Year first lit 1841
Automated 1974
Foundation Porphyry
Construction Porphyry
Tower shape Square tower with cylindrical lantern
Markings / pattern Unpainted granite
Height 29 m
Focal height 46 m
Original lens 1st order Fresnel lens
Range 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)
Characteristic Fl. (2) 30 s
Admiralty number C0565
NGA number 1020
ARLHS number SWE-076; SV-7547

Vinga Lighthouse (Vinga fyr), is a Swedish lighthouse on Vinga island built in 1890. But Vinga has been an important island for sea travelers for a long time. The lighthouse in use now is the third one on the island. It is one of Sweden's most famous lighthouses and a special symbol for the city of Gothenburg.

The first tower was built in 1841, it was the first Swedish lighthouse with lens. A second was built in 1854 to make the island a "double lighthouse". There had been some complaints that it was hard to figure out if it was the lighthouse in Skagen (Denmark) or Vinga that you saw on a long distance. The flame ran on colza oil. In the 1880s the need for a better and higher lighthouse was urgent and in 1890 the new lighthouse was built, it ran on paraffin. The oldest lighthouse was transformed to a watch tower (the red and gray short tower on the picture). The second lighthouse was eliminated.

In 1948 the tower was electrified and in 1974 it was automated. It is now remote controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration, who wanted to deactivate the lighthouse in 2007 because the commercial shipping does not need it anymore, but it was met with heavy protesting. For now, the tower is still active.

On the island is also a distinctive red pyramid day beacon side by side with the tower. It was built in 1857.

Today Vinga lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction, and during the summer season there is often guided tours on the island. The Swedish poet and musician Evert Taube lived as a child on Vinga where his father worked.

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