Pater Noster Lighthouse

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Pater Noster Lighthouse
150810-2 Pater Noster Marstrand.JPG
Pater Noster Lighthouse
Skagerrak, west of
Coordinates57°53′46″N 11°27′57″E / 57.896041°N 11.465779°E / 57.896041; 11.465779Coordinates: 57°53′46″N 11°27′57″E / 57.896041°N 11.465779°E / 57.896041; 11.465779
Year first constructed1868
Foundationstone basement
Constructioncast iron skeletal tower
Tower shapeconical skeletal tower with balcony, lantern, observation room and central cylinder
Markings / patternred tower, greenish lantern roof
Tower height32 m (105 ft)
Focal height36 m (118 ft)
Original lens1st order Fresnel lens
Current lenssmall lens
Range20 nmi (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicLFl W 15s.
Admiralty numberC0489.4
NGA number0700
ARLHS numberSWE-176
Sweden numberSV-7925.01[1] [2]
Heritagegovernmental listed building complex Edit this on Wikidata

Pater Noster, is a Swedish lighthouse, and the name of a small archipelago in Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast.


There were plans to build a lighthouse on the island in the 1750s but a light was instead placed on the fortification of Carlsten in Marstrand. That light was replaced by Pater Noster in 1868. The lighthouse is of engineer Nils Gustaf von Heidenstam's typical iron design.

Pater Noster originally had a large first order Fresnel lens in its lantern and the flame originally ran on colza oil. A paraffin lamp was installed in 1887. The lighouse was automated in 1964 and the large lens replaced by a small 4th order lens. In 1977 Pater Noster lighthouse was deactivated in favor of the modern lighthouse Hätteberget placed in open water. Pater Noster started to fall out of repair as the salt water made the iron construction rusty and weak.

In 2002 a large restoration project began. The lighthouse was transported to the town of Uddevalla, and later to Gothenburg. The tower was very rusty and overall in bad condition and restoration took much longer than originally planned, mostly because of insufficient funding. But many local companies and persons volunteered to complete the work. In the summer of 2007 the lighthouse was shipped back to Hamneskär. In the autumn it was reactivated.


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  1. ^ Pater Noster (Hamneskär) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 6, 2016
  2. ^ Leuchtturm Pater Noster (in German)
  • Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Sweden: Göteborg Area". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  • "Swedish Lighthouse Society". Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-08.

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