Thursday, July 22, 2010

Taiwan Issues New Lighthouses set of 4 stamps Juy 28th

Chunghwa Post first issued a set of stamps on lighthouses in 1959, and now it is following up with another set of four stamps on the topic, featuring the following lighthouses. This set of 4 stamps was released on July 28, 2010. The multicolor offset printed stamps were printed by the China Color Printing Company. The designer of the set was Hung-tu Ko. The size of the stamps is 30 x 40 mm for the vertical stamps and 40 x 30 mm for the horizontal stamps.

1. The Chilung Tao Lighthouse (NT$5): This lighthouse is located at the highest point in Chilung Tao, off Keelung Harbor. Built in 1950, this octagon shaped concrete tower, with a black-and-white vertical-striped sides, uses batteries for electricity. In 1998, the lighthouse switched to solar power. In 2006, wind power was added as a secondary power source. The lighthouse has a nominal range of 13.8 nautical miles.

2. The Wenkan Tul Lighthouse (NT$5) was Built in 1914, this skeletal steel frame light tower is located on Waisanding Sandbar off Kouhu Township, YunIin County. In 1974, due to sandbar shift the lighthouse was rebuilt and placed in a new 1ocation. The new structure is a square tapered steel frame tower. In 2006, because of sandbar shift, the lighthouse was moved once again to its present location, and a radar beacon pole was added. The lighthouse has a nominal range of 13.1 nautical miles.

3. The Paisha Chia Lighthouse (NT$10): Built in 1901. This round brick light tower is located in Gtianyin Township, Taoyuan County. In 1956, the lighthouse was equipped with a revolving lens light, producing one flash every 20 seconds, alternating between white and red light& The white and red lights that have a luminous intensity of one million and 310,000 candlepower respectively. In 2002 the Taoyuan County Government designated the lighthouse as a county monument. The nominal range of the red light is 22.6 nautical miles, and the range of the white light is 25.7 nautical miles.

4. The Liuchiu Yu Lighthouse (NT$25) Built in 1929. This round light tower is located at the highest point on the south-east coast of Liuchiu Yu off Pingtung County. In 1952, the lighthouse was equipped with a acetylene flashing light. In 1980 the light was replaced by an electric light, which has a luminous intensity of 10,000 candlepower. The lighthouse has a nominal range of 14.3 nautical miles.

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