August 27, 2017

3136 POLAND (Pomerania) - Ustka Lighthouse

Ustka Lighthouse is located in the town with the same name (formerly Postomino), on the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea. The lighthouse stands at the base of the eastern breakwater of Ustka's harbour - protecting the port's entrance way. Ustka was a very important coastal town for the nearby Słupsk - for transportation of goods and Baltic travel. In 1871 a mast was constructed nearby the harbour's admiralty station; powered by an oil lamp on the mast. It shone with a red light and was visible at a distance of 6 nautical miles.

Later on, light was elevated to a height of 11.6m - when shortly afterwards, since the building of a new red brick harbour admiralty station, an octagonal lighthouse was constructed in the western side of the building in 1892. It was only in 1904 when the character of the light was changed to white and intermittent. Currently the lighthouse is open to the public and the view gallery at the top of the lighthouse can be reached by a concrete and metal staircase.

You can see all my postcards depicting the Polish lighthouses from Baltic sea here.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Flowers and Fruits, about which I wrote here.

The second stamp, Poland in the European Union, issued on February 18, 2003, was designed by Maciej Buszewicz. In june 2003, Poles voted to join the European Union in a referendum, with Poland becoming a full member on 1 May 2004.

The last stamp, depicting even Ustka Lighthouse, is part of the series Lighthouses, about which I wrote here.

Ustka Lighthouse - Wikipedia
Lighthouse in Ustka - Poland's Official Travel Guide

Sender: Krystyna Betiuk (direct swap)
Sent from Ustka (Pomerania / Poland), on 04.06.2017
Photo: Wiktoria Golebiewska

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