They can be found on rocky cliffs or sandy shoals on land, on wave-swept reefs in the sea, and at entrances to harbors and bays. Lighthouses serve to warn mariners of dangerous shallows and perilous rocky coasts, and they help guide vessels safely into and out of harbors.
In June, we present a selection of the best lighthouse photos of the FleetMon photo community.
Welcome to the fourth edition of the FleetMon Maritime Gallery. Each month, you’ll find a special section on our blog featuring the Best Maritime Photos in a certain category. You’ll not only get to view the most popular photos being voted by our community for “Photo of the Week” and “Photo of the Month”. We also present special shots which are less popular but in the same way extraordinary.
PHARE PETIT MINOU
Phare du Petit Minou is the name of a lighthouse built in 1848 west of the city of Brest in the Finistère department in Brittany. It has a range of 19 nautical miles and marks the passage of the Strait of Brest. It belongs to the municipality of Plouzané. In September 2017, ship spotter Kerjean29 took a photo of the famous French lighthouse in gusty, rough autumn weather and fortunately uploaded it to FleetMon. User Kerjean29 has been with us for around 8 years and provided images for 850 vessels.
CROMWELL FORT LIGHTHOUSE
The Cromwell Point Lighthouse became operative in 1841 and ceased to be manned in 1941. The Ireland-flagged lighthouse is 16m high and is located in Tralee/Ireland. Another name for the beacon is “Valentia Island Lighthouse”. Ship spotter Coastyden who joined the community in Nov 2019, probably used a drone to take the photo which is one of the most voted pictures on FleetMon.com.
The Lotsenhaus Seemannshöft is a brick building built in 1914 with a dominant signal and observation tower on the Seemannshöft at the entrance to the Port of Hamburg. This is where the Hamburg harbor pilots, the Hamburg Ship Fasteners Working Group, and the port’s nautical headquarters are housed. Ship spotter U-kasz uploaded the photo in 2013. He has been part of our photo community since 2009, having uploaded almost 6000 vessel pictures. Have a look at U-kasz’s profile to enjoy great vessel photography.
LIGHTHOUSE CAPE AGULHAS
The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is situated at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. It was the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa, and the second-oldest still operating, after Green Point. The South-Africa-flagged lighthouse is located on the southern edge of the village of L’Agulhas, in the Agulhas National Park. It is 27m high and has been built in 1849. In 1968, the lighthouse was taken out of service, and the light moved to an aluminum tower, as it was discovered that the sandstone walls were crumbling due to excessive weathering. The photo was taken by ship spotter Lotse1967 who has uploaded almost 9000 vessel images to our platform since he joined FleetMon in 2011.
FARO DELLA VITTORIA
The Faro della Vittoria (“Victory lighthouse”) is located at the northern Italian port city Trieste. Being 68m high, the lighthouse is ranked 10 among the highest lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse serves as a navigation aid in shipping and is at the same time a memorial for the marines who died in the First World War. In this photo of ship spotter kl@us who is one of our heavy-uploaders with over 17k vessel images, you can see the lighthouse with the Mariano di Monte Grisa sanctuary in the background. The photo was uploaded to FleetMon in October 2013.
My Photobox Special:
Each month, we’ll additionally feature two extraordinary photos found in the “My Photobox” of the FleetMon team members.