Mersin Feneri

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Mersin Feneri
Mersin lighthouse from the south.jpg
Mersin Lighthouse from the south
Mersin Feneri is located in Turkey
Mersin Feneri
Turkey
Location Mersin
Turkey
Coordinates 36°47′04.7″N 34°37′07.3″E / 36.784639°N 34.618694°E / 36.784639; 34.618694Coordinates: 36°47′04.7″N 34°37′07.3″E / 36.784639°N 34.618694°E / 36.784639; 34.618694
Year first constructed 1865 (first)
Year first lit 1883 (current)
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern rising from the keeper's house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern with a red band around the keeper's house
Height 15 m (49 ft)[1]
Focal height 16 m (52 ft)
Range 15 nmi (28 km)
Characteristic Fl.(3) W 10s.
Admiralty number E5872[1]
NGA number 20708[1]
Turkey number TUR-043
Managing agent Directorate General of Coastal Safety

Mersin Feneri (The Mersin Lighthouse) is located at the Mediterranean coast in the city of Mersin, Turkey.

Geography[edit]

Mersin lighthouse is within the Mersin urban fabric and is situated at the west of the mouth of Müftü River. It is surrounded by walking tracks [2] and on the west there is a group of restaurants. The lighthouse is approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) west of harbor entrance. Since the dominant wind in Mersin area is lodos (from south west) the lighthouse provides service to the vessels approaching from the west as it is usually the case.

History[edit]

The lighthouse was built in 1865, and reconstructed in 1955. It was bought by the Republic of Turkey, and now it is operated by Directorate General of Coastal Safety (Turkish: Kıyı Emniyeti Genel Müdürlüğü).

Technical details[edit]

The building is an octagonal cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Adjenct to the tower, there is a keeper's house. Its focal plane is 16 m (52 ft). It flashes three times white every ten seconds. In the past the light source was kerosine and acetylene. Currently, it is lit by a halogen lamp. The range of visibility is about 15 nmi (28 km). Mersin lighthouse is listed in Turkey under the code "TUR-043".[1]

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