Undan Island Lighthouse

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Undan Island Lighthouse
Pulau Undan
Location Undan Island
Coordinates 2°02′53.5″N 102°20′02.1″E / 2.048194°N 102.333917°E / 2.048194; 102.333917
Year first constructed 1880[1]
Construction maonry tower
Tower shape octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern red tower and lantern
Height 15 metres (49 ft)[1]
Focal height 53 metres (174 ft) (focal plane)[1]
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)[2]
Characteristic Fl (2) W15s.[1]
Admiralty number F1644[1]
NGA number 21728[1]
ARLHS number WMA-013[1]

The Undan Island Lighthouse (Malay: Rumah Api Pulau Undan) is a lighthouse on the island of Undan, off the coast of Malacca, Malaysia.

Completed in 1880, the lighthouse was erected during British rule in Malacca as a beacon for ships travelling along the Strait of Malacca.[1] While remaining in operation as of 2008, the building is now supplemented with a second, newer concrete tower that operates advanced equipment for shipping communications.[2]

Located on Undan Island, the lighthouse is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) off the coast of Malacca, and is situated on the summit of the island.[1] As a result, the lighthouse, like others in the country on small islands, is largely reachable solely by boat, its site and tower closed from the public.[1]

The original lighthouse consists of an octagonal cylindrical light tower housing the lantern and a gallery, and is adjoined to a single storey keeper's house; both structures were constructed of masonry.[1] A more recent concrete communications tower, roughly three times the height of the original lighthouse, is cylindrical and stark in design, and situated directly beside the lighthouse.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Malaya (West Malaysia)". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rumah Api Pulau Undan". Marine Department of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2008.