Oldest and first lighthouses to be built in Asia Fort Aquada

Goa Liberation Stamp depicting Aquada Fort Lighthouse

The Fort Aguada is one of the largest and impressive forts preserved as one of the best known landmarks in Goan history. Its prominence has grown from the fact that its headland on which it is built offers a wonderful site for military architects due to its shielding of the vital sea access from the heart of the Portuguese territory thereby making it an ideal site for seaward as well as landward defense.

One of the distinctive features of the Aguada headlands are the Lighthouses built as early as 1864 thereby marking them as one of the oldest and first lighthouses to be built in Asia. Earlier to this, ships were normally guided by bonfire beacons lit on the Hill of the Pilots above the Immaculate Conception Church at Panjim. The 1st lighthouse initially built served purpose right upto 1976 when it was replaced by a square, modern lighthouse located nearby the walls of the citadel. This one is open to visitors and it makes all the watching more enjoyable due to the scenic views one gets to see when he/she climbs up the spiral staircase with a metal ladder within the lighthouse.

The lighthouse at initial stage is used to emit light once in 7 minutes. In 1834 it was changed to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds, however it was abandoned in 1976.

Date Of Cancellation:-19.12.2011.

Goa Liberation Stamp 2011

Pvt Cover – First Lighthouse of Madras Commissioned on 21st November 1976

First  Lighthouse of Madras Commissioned on 21st November 1976

The first lighthouse instead came up on the roof of the Exchange Building (present day Fort Museum) in 1796. Situated at 99 feet above sea level, the beam emanating from the 12 lamps fuelled by coconut oil swept the choppy waters of the sea as far as 25 miles from the shore. Merchants on the ship would exchange signals with the lighthouse and the transactions would later be conducted in the Public Exchange Hall downstairs, a lively meeting point for brokers, merchants and ships’ commanders. This lighthouse functioned until 1841 when the British government erected a 120-ft Doric column in the High Court compound as a replacement that used argand lamps.

Date Of Cancellation:-21.11.2013.First Lighthouse of Madras

Place Of Cancellation:-Fort St. George, Chennai

 

Inaugration of Lighthouse at Kadapakkam on 30th November 2013

Inaugration of Lighthouse at Kadapakkam on 30th November 2013

Date Of Cancellation:-31.11.2013.

Place Of Cancellation:-Kuddapakkam

Lighthouse at Kadapakkam

Lighthouse With Square Lantern Mangalore

Lighthouse With Square Lantern Mangalore

Cancellation from Mangalore of 3rd February 2004

Mangalore Old Port Lighthouse

Mangalore Old Port Lighthouse

Autographed Cover by Head Lightkeeper Mahabalipuram Lighthouse on FDC Lighthouses of India

Autographed by Head Lightkeeper Mahabalipuram Lighthouse on FDC Lighthouses of India

autographed cover

Error & Varieties – Lighthouses of India – By India Post

Error & Varieties – Lighthouses of India – By India Post

Perforation shifted up resulted in English description cut , Marked with arrows.

Date of Issue:-23.12.2012.

 

First Day Cover – Light Houses of India – By India Post

First Day Cover – Light Houses of India – By India Post

Date Of Issue:-23.12.2012.

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Miniature Sheet – Lighthouses of India – By India Post

Miniature Sheet – Light Houses of India – By India Post

Date Of Issue:-23.12.2012.

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Stamps of India – Light Houses of India – By India Post

Stamps of India – Light Houses of India – By India Post

Date Of Issue:-23.12.2012.

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