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Utklippan Lighthouse
Utklippans lighthouse.jpg
Utklippan Lighthouse
Utklippan is located in Blekinge
Blekinge Province
Location Baltic Sea
Southeast of Karlskrona
Coordinates 55°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 constructed 1789 (first)
1840 (second)
Year first lit 1870 (current)
Automated 1972
Deactivated 2008 (passing light active)
Foundation stone basement
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
Height 30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height 31 metres (102 ft)
Original lens mirrors
Current lens 4th Fresnel lens
Range 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2) WRG 6s. (current)
Fl W 15s. (before deactivation)
Admiralty number C7442
NGA number 7696
ARLHS number SWE-073
Sweden number SV-6015
Managing agent Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket)[1]

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.

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

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