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Lighthouses

December 4, 2012

Lighthouses are built to try to ensure shipping stays safe. Often they are in remote and beautiful places.  There’s just one to look at today. It’s at the southernmost tip of the most southerly of the Faroe Islands. The surrounding area is known as Akraberg.

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We were there in 2005. My wife’s father was there more than 60 years before us for, as a young RAF radio operator he was based here, at times, during World War II. It might seem an odd spot, but a radio receiver here was vital for knowing the whereabouts of shipping – on both sides. With good information enemy ships might not reach their home country whilst friendly ships might be protected. Akraberg was a crucial station for gathering information.

It all seems so silly now. It is so much better to live at peace with other countries and offer help and support when needed. I stick to the general idea that there are no winners at the end of wars.

Father in Law did have the opportunity to take photos although he did not take military installations beyond huts. He took pictures of the lighthouse.

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It’s pretty much an unchanged scene although there are differences. In the 1940s, three lighthouse keepers and their families lived at Akraberg. It was such an inaccessible place that supplies were brought by boat and winched up the cliff. Father in Law’s arrow is pointing to the winch. Now a tunnel has been driven through the mountain and cars can get there easily. But nobody lives there.  The lighthouse is fully automatic. One of the three houses has been taken down and re-erected in the village of Sumba. The other two remain and are used sometimes as an education centre. The little hut near the lighthouse was the paraffin store. I’m assuming paraffin is no longer needed.

But what a place of scenic grandeur and beauty!