Olhörn Lighthouse

Olhörn Lighthouse (German: Leuchtturm Olhörn, also Leuchtfeuer Olhörn and sometimes Leuchtturm Olderhörn) is a small lighthouse on the German North Sea island of Föhr in Schleswig-Holstein.

Olhörn Lighthouse
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Olhörn Lighthouse
Olhörn Lighthouse is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Olhörn Lighthouse
LocationWyk auf Föhr, North Frisian islands, Germany
Coordinates54°40′50.8″N 8°33′58.7″E / 54.680778°N 8.566306°E / 54.680778; 8.566306Coordinates: 54°40′50.8″N 8°33′58.7″E / 54.680778°N 8.566306°E / 54.680778; 8.566306
Year first constructed1952
Year first lit1952
Automated1952
Constructionmasonry with brick facade tower
Tower shapesquare tower with balcony and cylindrical lantern
Markings / patternunpainted brick tower, white lantern
Tower height8.6 metres (28 ft)
Focal height10 metres (33 ft)
Original lensFresnel lens
Range13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi) (white)

10.1 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) (red)

9.1 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) (green)
CharacteristicGp. Occ. (4) 15 s
Admiralty numberB 1704
NGA number10644
ARLHS numberFED-175

The lighthouse is located on the southeastern corner of the island of Föhr, inside the town of Wyk auf Föhr in the Nordfriesland district. It is located on a shallow geestland ridge overlooking the southern beach of Wyk.

It was erected in 1952 to replace a light beacon from 1892. The tower is 8.6 metres (28 ft) tall with a focal height of 10 m above mean high water. It has a near square shape and was built of massive masonry that was encased by reddish brown bricks. On the gallery there is the lantern room made of metal; it is painted white. The automated lighthouse serves as a cross light for navigation in the Norderaue tidal channel between the mainland port of Dagebüll and the islands of Föhr and Amrum. As such it is a sea mark and also a minor daymark.

Further readingEdit

  • Zemke, Friedrich-Karl (1991). Deutsche Leuchttürme einst und jetzt (in German) (2nd ed.). Herford: Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. ISBN 3-7822-0503-0.

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