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When you are leaving Helsinki by boat, soon after the narrow strait of Kustaanmiekka between the islands of Suomenlinna sea fortress there is Harmaja island and lighthouse. I took this photo on my trip to to Tallin in a mostly overcast, still wintry day. The northern half of the Gulf of Finland had still weak or broken ices in the middle of March, but the southern half was iceless.

The island has been functioning as a landmark since the 16th century. A landmark structure was built on the island in the 18th century and a light house in 1883. The first lighthouse was only 7.3 m high and it soon proved to be too low. In 1900 the height was doubled by creating a rectangular brick building on a granite base. A large misthorn alerted ships in fog and in bad visibility. Harmaja received the world's first directed and undirected radiobeacon in 1936. The lighthouse is fully automated today.

There is also a pilot station on the island.

Geocode: 60.105, 24.975500

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