Tigres Island

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Tigres Island
Native name:
Ilha dos Tigres
Tigres Island is located in Angola
Tigres Island
Tigres Island
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates16°36′S 11°41′E / 16.600°S 11.683°E / -16.600; 11.683Coordinates: 16°36′S 11°41′E / 16.600°S 11.683°E / -16.600; 11.683
Area98 km2 (38 sq mi)
Length20 km (12 mi)
Width6 km (3.7 mi)
Highest elevation30 m (100 ft)
ProvinceNamibe Province
Ponta da Marca Lighthouse
Tigres Island is located in Angola
Tigres Island
LocationPonta da Marca
Tigres Island
Namibe Province
Coordinates16°30′59″S 11°42′51″E / 16.516306°S 11.714111°E / -16.516306; 11.714111
Year first constructed~1930s[1]
Foundationon piles
Constructionmasonry tower (current)
metal skeletal tower (first) [1]
Tower shapeconical tower (current)
square pyramidal skeletal tower with balcony, lantern and enclosed observatory room (first) [1]
Markings / patternwhite tower
Tower height12.8 metres (42 ft)[2]
Focal height15 metres (49 ft)[2]
Light sourcesolar power
Range18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)[2]
CharacteristicFl (3) W 11s. [2]
Admiralty numberD5460[2]
NGA number25724[2]
ARLHS numberANO-012[1]
Managing agentInstituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola

Tigres Island (Portuguese: Ilha dos Tigres) is an island in Angola.[3] It is situated in the Namibe Province.


It is the largest island of Angola; its area is 98 km². It once had been a small peninsula in Baia dos Tigres known as Península dos Tigres with a well established fishing village named Tigres.

The ocean broke through the isthmus of the peninsula on March 14, 1962 and the water line was severed. Tigres became an island overnight with no water supply. Later Tigres and the pump station at the Cunene river mouth were abandoned, and have become ghost towns slowly being reclaimed by the desert.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Angola". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2016.
  3. ^ "Ilha dos Tigres". Mapcarta. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Baía dos Tigres". www.redeangola.info. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Cool Waters". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2017-07-05.

Ruins (2016)