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521 - 13.09.12
Denomination...........................................0.45 €
Quantity issued........................................50 000
Size..............................................33 x 27,5 xmm
Perforation..............................................14:13¾
Sheets.........................................................2 x 5
Print............................................................offset
Printing House................................AS Vaba Maa
Kujundus...............................Roman Matkiewicz
 
 
The lighthouse on the higher western bank of Käsmu Bay (earlier Kasperwieck) is one of few wooden 
lighthouses that have come down to our days. The Käsmu Lighthouse, built on the initiative of local ship 
owners and the maritime school, began working in 1892. It was a building more like a wooden house 
six meters high with the walls painted white. The height of the light was 8.2 meters and its visibility six miles. 

Starting from 1900 the Käsmu Lighthouse worked with a blinking light. In 1923 a signal mast was erected 
at the back of the lighthouse for sending storm warnings to ships at sea. The lighthouse escaped without any 
damage both from World War I and II. With its green, white and red lights it gave the opportunity of safe 
entry into Käsmu Bay where ships could find shelter in stormy weather. For centuries Käsmu Bay was 
considered the best shelter on the Tallinn-Narva shipping route. Despite repeated threats of collapse due 
to advance of the sea the Käsmu Lighthouse has kept its original appearance. In 1993 burning a light in the 
lighthouse stopped and the Käsmu lighthouse remained in the maritime register as a day light until 2004 
when it was removed from the navigation aids database. Although it is not possible to find the Käsmu lighthouse 
from sea charts, the unique structure survives as a cultural heritage monument in the landscape. 
The Käsmu Lighthouse will be 120 years old in 2012.
 

CORDIALES SALUDOS / GOOD LUCK /

JUAN FRANCO CRESPO * STAMP JOURNALIST (AIPET) 
SÀLVIA 8 (MAS CLARIANA)
E-43800 VALLS-TARRAGONA (ESPAÑA-SPAIN-ESPAGNE-SPANIEN)

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