1 Story of Light: Lighthouses on the Edge of the World

Story of Light: Lighthouses on the Edge of the World

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Andrey

According to historical data of the Hydrographic Service, the first ray from the tower of the lighthouse Povorotny became visible on July 6, 1892.

The navigation base tower is octagonal, nine meters high. The height of the rock cliff is 74 meters.

- Of course, there are both difficulties and advantages. Work seven days a week without holidays. But the nature is great – the sea is on three sides.

Once in the 90s, one woman working here came up saying she is about to deliver a baby. Well, we had to deliver a baby right at the lighthouse and then wait for an ambulance, as the typhoon wasn’t over.

The lighthouse was reborn after the civil war and the intervention of the 1920s, when the Far Eastern Republic was formed.

The heart of the lighthouse is its lens. It is tall as a man on Povorotny. The light rays are refracted and beam 22 nautical miles away with a radius of 230 degrees.

Six seconds of light, two seconds of darkness. A complete cycle takes just eight seconds and is repeated again.

You may wonder whether the lighthouses are even necessary. In short, they are. The ship must have more navigation tools aside from GPS. Besides, what’s in that GPS or GLONASS? Any failure will bring it down.


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One Response to “Story of Light: Lighthouses on the Edge of the World”

  1. john dudley says:

    Excellent posting,interesting fellows that live there, and take care of the the old light house, i wish them well, and a very long life.

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