November 3, 2017

3189 POLAND (West Pomerania) - Gąski Lighthouse

Located on the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea, next to the road between Ustronie Morskie and Mielno, Gąski Lighthouse was built between 1876 and 1878 from red bricks. The height of the lighthouse is 41.2m; with the lighthouse's light having a focal length of 50.1m. Originally it was fitted with a Fresnel lens with the light source provided by kerosene lamps. The intermittent beam was achieved by three screens rotated by a clock-work mechanism.

In 1927 the kerosene lamps were replaced by electric lamp. In 1948, after the WWII, the lighthouse was reactivated and the clock mechanism was replaced by an electric motor, with the rotation frequency changed from 12 to 15 seconds. The current range of the lighthouse's light glare is about 43.5km. The lighthouse is open to the public - allowing tourists to access its top view point. At the base of the tower there is the lighthouse keeper's living quarters.

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 Lighthouses, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of the series Flowers and Fruits, about which I wrote here. The last two stamps are part of the series Extreme Sports, about which I wrote here.

About the postmark

The postmark was applied on October 12, 2017, on Koszalin 9 Post Office. It has as subject Different faces of philately meeting, and was projected by Władysław Fijałkowski.
Gąski Lighthouse - Wikipedia

Sender: Krystyna Betiuk (direct swap)
Sent from Koszalin (West Pomerania / Poland), on 12.10.2017