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Name: IJmuiden Rear Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
IJmuiden, , Netherlands

Location: Noord-Holland Province, west of Amsterdam.

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Photo: Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
Min. of Traffic, Public Works & Water Management

The IJmuiden range lights were built to guide vessels into the Amsterdam Ship Canal. Although light lists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries always describe the tower as painted in red and white bands, old color postcards generally show black and white bands. The tower was completely repainted in a brownish red color in 1909. The lantern of the IJmuiden Rear Light is on display in the town of Vlaardingen, on the Maas River west of Rotterdam.

Tower Height: 141

Height of Focal Plane: 174

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 29 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Red-brown conical cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1878

Date Present Tower Built: 1878

Optics: Fourth-order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

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