Lighthouses of Togo
Togo is a small nation on the east side of Ghana in West
Africa. During the 1880s, in the great 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
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
Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
- Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Lomé Light, 1989
photo copyright Jürgen Klinksiek; used by permission
- 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
- 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).
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
- 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. Janie Baxter 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 pylon 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
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: East: Benin | West: Ghana
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Posted September 12, 2005. Checked and revised August 30, 2013.
Lighthouses: 6. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.