Southeast of Karlskrona
|Year first constructed||1789 (first)|
|Year first lit||1870 (current)|
|Deactivated||2008 (passing light active)|
|Construction||cast iron skeletal tower|
|Tower shape||conical skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern on a stone fortress|
|Markings / pattern||red tower, grey lantern dome, white fortress|
|Tower height||30 metres (98 ft)|
|Focal height||31 metres (102 ft)|
|Current lens||4th Fresnel lens|
|Range||23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (2) WRG 6s. (current)|
Fl W 15s. (before deactivation)
|Managing agent||Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket)|
|Heritage||individual listed building complex|
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.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Sweden: Kalmar". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
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