In 1996 Sri Lanka issued a set of stamps showing lighthouses. Among some kiloware I have just found this one, SG 1316, showing the Little Basses lighthouse. Designed in 1867, it withstood the 2004 tsunami with little damage. Nearby is the Great Basses lighthouse, built about the same time on a reef 12 miles south of Sri Lanka where a ship belonging to the Mughal Emperor Aurengzeb foundered in the early 18th century. The ship was carrying a large quantity of bullion. Silver rupees, cannons and other items have been found on the wreck, the rupees being fused together by calcium and coral deposits.
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Hook Head lighthouse, County Wexford, Ireland. The tower dates from the 12th century, and this is the oldest still-operating lighthouse in Ireland, and one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. Tradition has it that before that there was a warning beacon for mariners on the site from the 5th century. Ireland 1997 SG 1138.
The lighthouse on Fastnet Rock, 13 km from the mainland of County Cork, Ireland. The current lighthouse came into operation in 1904, replacing a previous one which was too weak to withstand the gales. In 1985 it was struck by a freak wave 48 metres high. Ireland 1997 SG 1139.
South Point lighthouse - a Barbados stamp of 1970. This is the oldest lighthouse on Barbados: it was displayed in London at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and then dismantled and put together again on Barbados in 1852.
The lighthouse at Patras, on a Greek stamp of 1990. Patras is in the North of the Peloponnese and is the third largest city in the country. The lighthouse is a modern one, dating back, I think, to the time of the Junta. In 1999 it was reconstructed on a new site near the cathedral, and it now serves no maritime purpose: it houses a cafe-cum-restaurant and is surrounded by a park. There were earlier lighthouses at Patras - a wooden one built in 1858 and destroyed by a storm a few years later; and a stone one which replaced it and was demolished in 1972 by the Junta when the port was modernised.
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