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045 - Vaindloo tuletorn

045 - Vaindloo tuletorn
Region: Põhja-Eesti     Light ordinates: 59.817036 N, 26.360621 E
Light running: night     Light characteristics: Fl W/R 15s
Light height from ground: 17m     Light height from sea: 20m
Light visibility: 11M     Built, y: 1871

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Vaindloo lighthouse with lighthouse buildings ca 1930. Jaan Vali’s collections.

 

The Estonian northernmost island Vaindloo used to have a wooden beacon built in 1718 under the orders of czar Peter the Great. The current cast-iron lighthouse, manufactured in England, is the very first lighthouse in Estonia constructed in the Gordon system. Initially it was erected on Vormsi Island, but soon proved to be inadequate in its location due to constant fogs. A decision was made in 1871 to dismantle the lighthouse and bring it to Vaindloo, where the old wooden beacon had collapsed. The order to build a new lighthouse ensemble was given a year before that, so the construction of the outbuildings had already started. The whole ensemble has preserved remarkably well for over a century now and the outbuildings are used as a border guard station. 

 The Vaindloo lighthouse in ca 1930. Jaan Vali .s collections. 

 Dwelling of the Vaindloo lighthouse in ca 1935. Jaan Vali’s collections 

 Well house of the Vaindloo lighthouse ensemble. Photo by Jaan Vali, 2005. 

 

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