Akmenrags Lighthouse

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Akmenrags Lighthouse
Akmeņraga bāka
Akmensrags lighthouse.jpg
Akmenrags Lighthouse is located in Latvia
Akmenrags Lighthouse
Latvia
LocationSaka parish
Pāvilosta Municipality
Latvia
Coordinates56°59′54.7″N 21°03′25.7″E / 56.998528°N 21.057139°E / 56.998528; 21.057139Coordinates: 56°59′54.7″N 21°03′25.7″E / 56.998528°N 21.057139°E / 56.998528; 21.057139
Year first constructed1879 (first)
Year first lit1921 (current)
Constructionlimestone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternred tower and lantern
Tower height125 feet (38 m)
Focal height125 feet (38 m)
Range18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
CharacteristicFI(2) W 7.5s
Admiralty numberC3442
NGA number12120
ARLHS numberLAT-002
Latvia numberUZ-680[1]
HeritageNational industrial monument Edit this on Wikidata

Akmenrags Lighthouse (Latvian: Akmeņraga bāka) - a lighthouse on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea, located to the south of the resort town of Pāvilosta.[2] The lighthouse of Akmenrags is a key navigation point, in one of the most dangerous spots on the Baltic Sea to navigate by - this is due to several factors: the lighthouse is located by a stony sand bank, which extends by a distance of 2 nautical miles (about 3,7 kilometres) to the north-west of the lighthouse; another point of danger is the depth of the sea - which is on average 2 metres in the lighthouse's vicinity. The location of the lighthouse has remained the same over the decade; however the coast has receded. The lighthouse has seen several shipwrecks during its existence - a notable one being the shipwreck of September 1923; when a famous Latvian steamer Saratow struck the ground.[3] The current tower was constructed in 1921, as the previous lighthouse was destroyed during World War I. Currently the lighthouse is open to the public, with its one hundred and twenty six steps reaching up to the viewing gallery.[4]

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  1. ^ Lighthouses Directory
  2. ^ "Welcome in Pavilosta". Pavilosta. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Articles From September 1921". Spiderbites. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Latvian lighthouses - Akmenrags lighthouse". Bakas. Retrieved 10 May 2015.