Užava Lighthouse

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Užava Lighthouse
Užavas bāka
Uzava lighthouse (1).jpg
Užava Lighthouse
Užava Lighthouse is located in Latvia
Užava Lighthouse
Ventspils District
Coordinates57°12′32.5″N 21°24′52.8″E / 57.209028°N 21.414667°E / 57.209028; 21.414667Coordinates: 57°12′32.5″N 21°24′52.8″E / 57.209028°N 21.414667°E / 57.209028; 21.414667
Year first constructed1879 (first)
Year first lit1925 (current)
Foundationoctagonal basement
Constructionlimestone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height19 metres (62 ft)
Focal height44 metres (144 ft)
Range15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristicwhite light, 1.5 s on, 2.5 s off, 1.5 s on, 4.5 s off
Admiralty numberC3448
NGA number12140
ARLHS numberLAT-016
Latvia numberUZ-650[1]
HeritageNational industrial monument Edit this on Wikidata

Užava Lighthouse (Latvian: Užavas bāka) - a lighthouse located on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea. The lighthouse stands in an isolated location, on a 28 metres high sand dune, which is permanently threatened by the Baltic Sea waves' erosion.[2] For this reason, the first coastal reinforcement – a dense log wall was constructed to secure the lighthouse's location in 1910. Later, fir-tree baskets filled with gravel, and big boulders to absorb the waves' energy.[3] Currently, the base of the lighthouse is protected by rock armour. The original tower of the Užava lighthouse was destroyed by artillery shells during World War I. The present-day lighthouse tower is 19 metres in height, completed in 1925. The inscription of the year 1924 on the nearby weather vane on the lightower's dome roof marks the beginning of construction works of the lighthouse.[4]

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  1. ^ Lighthouses Directory
  2. ^ "Latvian Lighthouses". Petriporkola. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Uzava Lighthouse". UNC. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Latvian Lighthouses". Bakas. Retrieved 11 May 2015.