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Utklippan Lighthouse
Utklippans lighthouse.jpg
Utklippan Lighthouse
Utklippan is located in Blekinge
Blekinge Province
LocationBaltic Sea
Southeast of Karlskrona
Coordinates55°57′10″N 15°42′05″E / 55.952736°N 15.701429°E / 55.952736; 15.701429Coordinates: 55°57′10″N 15°42′05″E / 55.952736°N 15.701429°E / 55.952736; 15.701429
Year first constructed1789 (first)
1840 (second)
Year first lit1870 (current)
Deactivated2008 (passing light active)
Foundationstone basement
Constructioncast iron skeletal tower
Tower shapeconical skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern on a stone fortress
Markings / patternred tower, grey lantern dome, white fortress
Tower height30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height31 metres (102 ft)
Original lensmirrors
Current lens4th Fresnel lens
Range23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) WRG 6s. (current)
Fl W 15s. (before deactivation)
Admiralty numberC7442
NGA number7696
ARLHS numberSWE-073
Sweden numberSV-6015
Managing agentSwedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket)[1]
Heritageindividual listed building complex Edit this on Wikidata

Utklippan is a Swedish lighthouse and the name of two small islands, Södraskär (South skerry) and Norraskär (North skerry). It has been a light station since 1789 when a basket light was in use. The current tower (built in 1870) replaced an older tower built in 1840 on top of an old fortress. The flame ran on colza oil. In 1887 the colza oil lamp was replaced with a kerosene lamp. It has been powered electrically since 1948.

The Swedish Maritime Administration owns the lighthouse. In the summer of 2008 SMA reported that the white main light had been deactivated, as it was no longer considered to be an important lighthouse for commercial shipping. A small passing light remains in use. In 1997 Utklippan had 17 nights with overnight lows above 20 °C (68 °F), which is the second highest number for any Swedish weather station in one summer.[2]

There are five other houses on the island, owned by the Swedish National Property Board. One of them is a small hostel and one a birding station, as the island is rich in birdlife.

Panoramic view of Utklippan twin islands; view from the small harbour bassin of the north island towards the southeast, 30.07.2009

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  1. ^ Utklippan The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 11, 2016
  2. ^ "Tropiska nätter" (in Swedish). SMHI. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

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