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972 - Abruka tuletorn, sihi ülemine

972 - Abruka tuletorn, sihi ülemine
Region: Saaremaa     Light ordinates: 58.149067 N, 22.524317 E
Light running: night     Light characteristics: Iso W 4s
Light height from ground: 36m     Light height from sea: 38m
Light visibility: 9M     Built, y: 1931, 1897

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The Abruka rear lighthouse is located on the east coast of the island. The initial structure, built in 1897, was 28m high and had the form of a trellised wooden candelabrum. The beacon was built higher somewhere around World War I, which made the 36m lighthouse presumably the tallest wooden building of its time in Estonia.

The old tower was replaced by a tall and slender reinforced concrete lighthouse in 1931 (design by engineer Ferdinand Adoff, construction by Arronet & Boustedt), which was the same height as the previous beacon but only 2m wide in diameter. Good quality technical solutions for the foundations and the monolithic structure proved to be very stable when faced with the harsh stormy weather and the lighthouse with its technical equipment has preserved rather well to this day. Among the historical outbuildings the keeper’s house, cellar and the storage hut have also survived. 

 Abruka lighthouse before reconstruc- tion ca 1915. Jaan Vali’s collection. 

Abruka lighthouse after reconstruction ca 1925. Saaremaa Museum’s collections.

 Plan and section of the Abruka lighthouse ca 1927. Estonian Maritime Museum’s collections.

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