Little Basses Reef Lighthouse
|Location||Kuda Ravana Kotuwa
Southern Sri Lanka
|Year first constructed||1878|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower with a black horizontal band|
|Height||37 metres (121 ft)|
|Focal height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Range||27 nautical miles (50 km; 31 mi)|
|Characteristic||VQ (2) W 10s.|
Little Basses Reef Lighthouse is an active offshore lighthouse at the southern end of Sri Lanka and it is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Navy. It is located on a reef called Kuda Ravana Kotuwa (Fort of Little Ravana), but when the British invaded Ceylon they named it Little Basses (fourteen km off the coast of Yala National Park and north east of the Great Basses Reef Lighthouse. The two Basses lighthouses are among the most famous offshore lighthouses of Asia.
The lighthouse is close to Daedalus Rock, site of the sinking of HMS Daedalus (1811).
Little Basses was one of a limited number of lighthouses that were designed to house the large Hyperradiant Fresnel lenses that became available at the end of the 19th century. Four of these lenses were used in Sri Lankan lights, all made by Chance Brothers in England.
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