Model of the Vlakkenhoek lighthouse on Sumatra, P. Leemans, c. 1879

Model of the Vlakkenhoek lighthouse on Sumatra, P. Leemans, c. 1879

messing, hout, mica, h 170.5cm × d 34cm. More details

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.

On display in gallery 0.13-Z13.05 1860-1918 Industrialisation in the Netherlands Ship models

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