Ostrov Rodsher - Russia (Gulf of Finland)

Lighthouse category:  landfall

Position:  59°58'9.08"N : 26°40'43.35"E

Status: active

Date:  1806 (?)

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  62 feet

Construction: octagonal concrete tower with lantern and double gallery

Colour scheme: tower dark red, lantern red

Focal plane height:  66 feet

Characteristics: two white flashes three seconds apart every fifteen seconds

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link

Rodsher Island (Ostrov Rodsher in Russian), is a very small island in the Gulf of Finland that, with the exception of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad tucked away in the south east corner of the Baltic between Lithuania and Poland), is the farthest west point of Russia.  The lighthouse here has had a somewhat complex history and the origins of the current tower are a little obscure.  A wooden was constructed on the island in 1806 but, some 60 years later, it seems that the wooden tower was replaced by a somewhat more permanent lighthouse of brick construction.  Although, from a distance, the octagonal (lower) section of the present tower appears to be of stone construction, close up photographs such as the one shown here, seem to point ot the fact that it is more likely to be concrete.  At least one source theorises that this concrete section was actually built around the previous brick tower.  As well as the lighthouse there are a number of single storey keepers' houses on the island that appear to be in somewhat run-down condition.

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