Lighthouses of Togo

Togo is a small nation on the east side of Ghana in West Africa. During the 1880s, in the great European scramble for African colonies, Togo became a German colony. French and British forces took the territory in the early days of World War I, in 1914. Most of the German possessions, including all of the coast, were assigned to France after the war; the remaining part of German Togo was taken over by Britain and is now part of Ghana. French Togo became independent in 1960.

Togo has a short coastline, about 80 km (50 mi) in length. The capital, Lomé, is also the major port. Aids to navigation are maintained by the Port Autonome de Lomé.

As will be clear from the listings, what we don't know about Togolese lighthouses is greater than what we do know. Current photos and reports are needed.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume D of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 113.

General Sources
World of Lighthouses - Togo
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Afrikanische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.

Lomé Lighthouse
Lomé Light, 1989
photo copyright Jürgen Klinksiek; used by permission

Lighthouses
Kpémé
Date unknown. Active (privately maintained); focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s. Light mounted atop a metal structure at the end of a long pier. A small photo is available (first photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Kpémé is a port for the shipment of phosphate from nearby mines. The pier extends about 1200 m (3/4 mile) into the sea. Located about 25 km (15 mi) east of Lomé. Site and tower closed. Admiralty D3176; NGA 24948.
* Baguida (2?)
Date unknown (between 1967 and 1977). Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, occulting once every 3 s. 34 m (112 ft) tower, formerly described as a square skeletal tower with gallery but now listed as an aluminum-colored pylon with a black top. No photo available, and the light has not been found in Google's satellite view of the area. Baguida is a historic town, the first colonial capital of German Togo, about 13 km (8 mi) east of Lomé. Located about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of Lomé harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS TOG-001; Admiralty D3173; NGA 24944.
Lomé Jetée Est
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 13 m (43 ft); green light occulting once every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted green. A photo of the two mole lights is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south (main) breakwater at the Port of Lomé. Site status unknown. Admiralty D3174.2; NGA 24936.
Lomé Jetée Ouest
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red light occulting once every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted red. A photo of the two mole lights is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south (main) breakwater at the Port of Lomé, about 8 km (5 mi) east of downtown. Site and tower closed. ARLHS TOG-002; Admiralty D3174; NGA 24932.
* Lomé (4)
Date unknown (between 1967 and 1977; station established about 1903). Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) round mushroom-shaped concrete water tower topped by a lantern. The tower is unpainted gray concrete; lantern painted white with a red roof. Jürgen Klinksiek has contributed the photo above, the Port Autonome de Lomé posted the photo at right of a Fresnel lens probably mounted in this tower, and Google has a satellite view. It is possible that the lantern and lens are from the third lighthouse, the skeletal tower pictured by Lighthouse Explorer (Huelse has the same view) and in a historic photo from Lightphotos.net. There are many water towers carrying navigation lights, but few are as striking as this lighthouse. Located in the harbor area on the east side of Lomé. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS TOG-003; Admiralty D3171; NGA 24928.
* Lomé Cathédrale (feu postérieur)
Date unknown. Inactive. During the 1930s and 1940s a rear range light was shown from the northwest tower of the Cathédrale du Sacré-Coeur de Lomé. Building painted white with orange-brown trim. Lightphotos.net has a photo, another photo is available, Paul Locke has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. The front light was on a metal tower on the wharf. The purpose of the range was to define the limit of the area in which ships were premitted to anchor off the city. Located in downtown Lomé. Site open, tower closed.

Fresnel lens in the
Phare de Lomé
Port Autonome de Lomé photo

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Adjoining pages: East: Benin | West: Ghana

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Posted September 12, 2005. Checked and revised November 29, 2014. Lighthouses: 6. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.