Longitude 8°38.5’ W
Established 26th May 1978
Height of tower 40 meters
Elevation 41 meters
Character Oc (3) WRG 15s
Range W 21 M; R 17 M; G 16 M
One slightly grey day in June 2004, during our holiday in North-Germany, we went to see the beautiful Westerheversand Lighthouse.
To get to the lighthouse you need to walk across the marsh and on the day we got there, the march was populated by a huge flock of sheep. So we walked a few kilometres through this flock, making sure we avoided the traces they leave behind - not an easy task.
Because the local land owners were not prepared to sell any land suitable for a lighthouse, the station had to be built outside the tidal walls.
The light station was erected on a man made hill, which becomes an island several times a year, when the tide is particularly high.
The cast iron lighthouse and the two keepers cottages were built on a concrete raft, which is supported by 127 whole tree trunks, driven 8 metres into the soft marsh land.
The tower was built from 608 cast plates, which are bolted together. The total weight is approx. 150 tons
Today a high pressure Xenon lamp is used for both the main light and the reserve. In good weather conditions the light can be seen on the island of Helgoland.
The lighthouse was automated in 1978 and the last keepers were withdrawn. Since then the cottages are now used for bird watchers and conservationists and there is a little shop.
Recently the lighthouse also gained another attraction: It was licensed as a register office, so you can now get married our here at this beautiful spot.
This lighthouse has been used endlessly on all manner of advertising pictures and greeting cards. It appears to be the German's favourite lighthouse. Below just a few examples.
This little model is about 2.5" or 7cm tall. We found it in a little shop in Büsum.
This beer bottle label was a kind gift from Klaus Kern who edits Leuchtfeuer, a great German lighthouse magazine
A copy of a greeting card a friend sent to us from the USA
The beer mat show the lighthouse from the air. It advertises Jever beer.
The milk carton top on the right is from the set we are displaying on the Fun Pages
Of course there are many post cards with this beautiful lighthouse. On the left is just one called "Four Seasons at the lighthouse"
And finally - 7th July 2005 - there is a stamp with this much loved lighthouse! Above a post card with the stamp and below a sheet of 10 stamps.
A First Day Souvenir Sheet was also issued for both stamps issued. It shows the stamp issued fro Westerhaver Sand as well as the one of Brunsbüttel Mole Lighthouse. And one of several cancellations issued for this stamp release.
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