Model of the Vlakkenhoek lighthouse on Sumatra, Enthoven & Co., c. 1879

Model of the Vlakkenhoek lighthouse on Sumatra, Enthoven & Co., c. 1879

brass, wood and mica, h 170.5cm × d 34cm. Catalogue entry

The full-scale, 60-metre-high version of this lighthouse was erected at Vlakkenhoek, on the southwest point of Sumatra. The tower was built in The Hague by Enthoven & Co., then shipped to Sumatra. The strength of the cast-iron structure was proven during the 1883 volcano eruption of Krakatoa; only the lighthouse withstood the tsunami that devastated everything else.

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