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Great Basses Light House (Maha Rawana)

  • Nearest Town or City: Palatupana Sri Lanka
  • Location: Near the south end of the Great Basses reef, off the SE coast of Sri Lanka.
  • Managing Organization: Sri Lanka Ports Authority
  • Notes: The Basses (derived from the Portuguese word "baxos," meaning shoals) are a line of reefs off the SE coast of Sri Lanka. Both the Little Basses and Great Basses lighthouses were designed by James Douglass and constructed by his brother William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service. Each of the two is said to have received a hyper-radial lens in 1888. The lighthouses were rehabilitated in the late 1990s, but they suffered some damage from the December 2004 tsunami, mainly to the lighting equipment. In December 2005, the English and Scottish lighthouse authorities - Trinity House and the Northern Lighthouse Board - announced that, in agreement with the Sri Lanka government, they had undertaken to repair the damage and launched a joint campaign to collect private funds for that purpose.
  • Tower Height: 127
  • Description Tower: White conical granite tower.
  • Operational: Yes
  • Date Established: 1873
  • Date Present Tower Built: 1873
  • Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
  • Open To Public: No.
  • Directions: Diving excursions to the reefs are available from Colombo and can be arranged from such places as Kirinda and Yala on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka. The diving season in this area is from November to April. Map It!
  • Characteristic Range: White flash every 15 seconds; range 25 nautical miles.
  • Height Focal Plane: 110
  • National Register: No

source  elakiri.com 

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