Akko Light

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Akko Light
Lighthouse acre.jpg
Akko Light in 2009
Akko Light is located in Israel
Akko Light
Location Acre, Israel
Coordinates 32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500Coordinates: 32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500
Year first constructed 1912
Foundation concrete
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylinder with four ribs
Markings / pattern black and white checkerboard
Height 33 feet (10 m)
Focal height 51 feet (16 m)
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km)
Characteristic Fl.(2)W.7s
Admiralty number E5944
NGA number 113-21204
ARLHS number ISR-003

Akko Light (Hebrew: מגדלור עכו‎) or Acre Light, is an active lighthouse in the port of Acre, Israel. It is located on the South-West corner of the city's ancient walls, at what is believed to be the former site of an Ottoman Burj-El-Sanjak (Flag Tower, Hebrew: מגדל הדגל‎).[1]

History[edit]

The station was established in 1864.[2] As charts of the area were based on measures from 1862, the French navy chart of 1866 does not mentioned it, and it only appeared later on amended charts.[3] The current structure was established in 1912.[2]

Structure and display[edit]

The main structure is a 33 feet (10 m) tapering cylindrical concrete tower with four ribs. It is painted in a black and white checkered pattern and topped with a gray metallic lantern room and a gallery. A small white painted equipment shack stands next to the tower.[2]

The light is displayed at 51 feet (16 m). The light characteristic shown is two white flashes every seven seconds (Fl.(2)W.7s), visible for 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi).[4]

The lighthouse is closed to the public, but there is a stone stairwell going down from the base directly into the sea.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Winter (1999). Israel handbook. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 592. ISBN 1-900949-48-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Israel". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  3. ^ "נמל עכו במפות ימיות מודרניות" [Acre port in modern marine charts]. אופקים בגאוגרפיה (56): 62–77. 2003. 
  4. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 113, The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 355.  Listed as "Akko (Acre), S. of town".