Timor-Leste, generally known in English as East Timor, is
a former Portuguese colony on Timor, the southeasternmost major island
of the Indonesian archipelago. Colonized in the 16th century, Timor Leste
is a remnant of the once-extensive Portuguese holdings in the Indies.
When Portugal withdrew in 1975, Indonesian troops seized the country.
This led to a long struggle for independence, which was finally achieved
Aids to navigation in Timor-Leste are operated by the Port of Dili, an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume K of the
Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers
are from Publication 112.
- General Sources
- World of Lighthouses - East Timor
- Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
- * Oecussi (Oecusse, Oekusi)
- Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); white flash every
4 s. 27 m (89 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A photo is available, but the tower is too new to appear in Google's satellite
(or Oecusse) is an exclave of Timor-Leste on the north coast of Indonesian West Timor,
separated from the rest of Timor Leste by about 70 km (44 mi) of Indonesian
territory. Located at a new port facility near Pante
Makassar in the eastern part of the exclave. Site open, tower closed.
Admiralty K1365.7; NGA 25702.
- * Dili (Tanjung Laguebada)
- 1896. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 6 s. 17
m (56 ft) octagonal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, rising
from a massive masonry base that presumably included the keeper's quarters.
Access to the lantern is by an exposed stairway that spirals around
a central column. Lighthouse painted white with two green horizontal
bands around the base. Kok Leng Yeo's photo is at right, Wikimedia has David Stanley's 2011 photo, Albert Maramis
has a 2009 photo,
and Google has a good satellite
view. A 2004 photo
of this unusual lighthouse shows it painted all white. Located on the
beach on the western side of Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, not far
from the U.S. embassy. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS TIM-001; Admiralty
K1368; NGA 25708.
- Pulau Yako
- Date unknown. Inactive since 2010. Approx. 35 m (115 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. Keeper's houses in ruins. No photo available,
but Bing has a satellite
view of the station.
Located on a small island off the eastern tip of Timor. Accessible
only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS TIM-002; ex-Admiralty K1371.5;
Dili Light, Dili, November 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo
by Kok Leng Yeo