1 Light-Keeper Sidorov

Light-Keeper Sidorov

Posted on April 5, 2012 by team


Lighthouse named after M. Shpamberg was built in 1938-43 on Southern Kuril Islands. Its height is 18m. The Japanese used to move along the island on horses, sometimes on foot, and rather seldom by cars.  In winter the lighthouse could be reached only on skis.

This lighthouse is almost the last Japanese construction remained on the island. The similar one is only in Sakhalin.


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He is 53 and he has a widespread Russian surname - Sidorov. He's been living here on the island since 1978. His main profession is a bulldozer operator. In the hard times of perestroika the government didn't care much about this region and people survived how they could. Sidorov dug out what he had buried in the past times - nonferrous metal. It saved him. Many others went poaching, there were neither order no money on the island.
Victor has been serving in the lighthouse for 6 years. The reasons he chose this job - an opportunity to be alone and far from bosses. No romance at all. He says it's not the right place to seek for romance. 15 days nonstop - voluntary watch at the world's end.

The lighthouse itself is located on the cape called Crab. It takes 5 minutes afoot to get to the real end of the world - the cape that really has such a name: "The end of the world".

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One Response to “Light-Keeper Sidorov”

  1. Beautiful pictures. And the english is very good and helpful.
    Today the picture of the lighthouse and 2 buildings lit up at night and the full moon with the clouds…WOW …it should be a painting…You should make some of your fotos available for sale in larger sizes.
    thanks for the good work.

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