February 17, 2016

2303 GERMANY (Lower Saxony / Schleswig-Holstein) - Lighthouses on the North Sea

Lighthouses are as much a part of the North Sea coast as the water, and real fans travel from one to the next. At one time, they showed sailors the way through the rough seas, not always pleasing the residents of the islands. For pirates and locals made a fairly good living from stranded ships. Sometimes fires were lit to make captains with their crews and ships lose their way. The precursors to the lighthouses were open wood fires, lightships, or even large oil lamps.

There are striking differences in shape and color between the lighthouses on the North Sea, even if the ringed style with red and white stripes is very frequently. There is everything form simple brick to less attractive iron structures to the traditional beloved cult symbol. They all have something in common: no lighthouse is operated manually any more and no lighthouse keeper lives at his former workplace. They are all operated remotely by computer.

On the postcard are 12 lighthouses: Arngast (Jade Bight; 1909; 36,27m), Roter Sand (Weser; 1885; 28m), Greater Borkum (Borkum; 1879; 70m); Pellworm (Pellworm; 1906; 35m), Büsum (Büsum; 1913; 22m), Pilsum (Ems; 1891; 11m), Cuxhaven (Cuxhaven; 1805; 23m), Amrum (Amrum; 1875, 41m), Norderney (Norderney; 1874; 59,6), Kampen (Sylt; 1855; 40m), Kaiserschleuse (Bremerhaven; 1900; 15m), Westerheversand (Westerhever; 1908; 40m).

About the stamp
The first stamp is part of the series Blumen, about which I wrote here.

Lighthouses on the North Sea - nordseetourismus.de
The Lighthouses of Germany (North Sea) - LighthousesRus
Lighthouses of Germany: Borkum to Wilhelmshaven - The Lighthouse Directory

Sender: Gesine / Correspondent (postcrossing) DE-4977259
Sent from Lichtenstein-Göllesberg (Baden-Württemberg / Germany), on 10.02.2016

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