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Akmeņrags lighthouse
C3442; ARLHS LAT-002

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This station marks a prominent cape, where the trend of the Baltic coast changes from north toward the northeast. The original, temporary light was replaced by a 28 m (92 ft) wood tower in 1889. The present lighthouse replaced the 1911 stone tower, which was destroyed during World War I. Located on a cape about 35 km (22 mi) north of Liepāja. Site open, tower also open. Lighthouse keeper would show you her personal collection of Latvian amber.
Among other Latvia’s lighthouses, the Akmenrags lighthouse stands out with its location in one of the most dangerous places for navigation at the entire coast of the Baltic Sea. Its light marks the stony sandbank, which extends north-westward into the sea to a distance of two nautical miles or 3.7 km. The sea depth here is just over two meters. Over the years, the location area of the lighthouse has remained the same, while the coastline has receded. Despite the area having the navigation light since 1879, Akmeņrags has witnessed a number of shipwrecks. One of the well-known shipwrecks occurred in September 1923, when the Latvian steamer Saratow struck the ground. For a while, in 1919 Saratow became a shelter for the provisional government of Latvia. The present-day tower of the lighthouse was constructed in 1921, but the previous lighthouse was destroyed during World War I. The spiral staircase of one hundred and twenty six steps leads to the top of the Akmeņrags lighthouse.

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Album name:Belsar / Latvia
Rating (4 votes):55555(Show details)
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):Active
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):1921 (station established 1879). Watched light. Round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted red.
Height of the tower, m:38 Focal plane elevation above sea level, m:38
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Group long flashing, 2 flashes in 10s, flash 1s, eclipse 1s, 0-225 white, 225-360 no light; Reserved light.
Range, nm:15 nmi
Any other comments:Historical information taken from and
Coordinates (in any format):56.831854, 21.057127
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Date added:Mar 27, 2013
Keywords:Latvia ; Kurzeme ; Akmenrags ; Baltic sea
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