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Lighthouses are strategically important facilities for supervising maritime communications. They are instrumental in ensuring transportation safety, and facilitating transportation, national defense, and trade development. To continue the “Lighthouses Postage Stamps” series, Chunghwa Post will release another set of four stamps, featuring the Fangyuan Lighthouse, the Chamu Yu Lighthouse, the Lanyu Lighthouse, and the Sandiaojiao Lighthouse. This set will be issued on March 6, 2014. The designs follow: 1. Fangyuan Lighthouse (NT$5): Located in Wanggong Fishing Port in Changhua County's Fanyuan Township, the Fangyuan Lighthouse was constructed in 1983 as an octagon-shaped reinforced concrete tower, featuring a black-and-white vertical-striped daymark, with a fourth-order electric light. It alternates between one five-second flash, and one five-second light-out, at a ten-second interval, with a luminous intensity of 28,000 candlepower. The lighthouse has a nominal range of 16.6 nautical miles. 2. Chamu Yu Lighthouse (NT$5): Situated in Chamu Island in Penghu, the lighthouse completed construction in 1913. An octagon-shape brick tower equipped with a fifth-order acetylene flashing light, the Chamu Yu Lighthouse has a luminous intensity of 1,000 candlepower. It was demolished during World War II, and repaired in 1948. After the repairs, the lighthouse was installed with a fifth-order acetylene light, with a luminous intensity of 1,200 candlepower. Its candlepower count was modified in 1958 from 1,200 to 860. In 2000, this lighthouse was given a facelift with a solar panel; its lamp was powered with electric lights. The Chamu Yu Lighthouse has a nominal range of 9 nautical miles. 3. Lanyu Lighthouse (NT$10): This lighthouse sits on the mountaintop on the northwestern tip of Lanyu. It was built in 1982 as a cylinder concrete tower, with a third-order revolving AC light. It produces four flashes every 24 seconds, with a luminous intensity of 1.2 million candlepower; and it has the highest elevation of any lighthouse in Taiwan. The Lanyu Lighthouse has a nominal range of 26.1 nautical miles. 4. Sandiaojiao Lighthouse (NT$25): Situated in Sandiaojiao in Taiwan's northeastern coastal point, this lighthouse was built in 1935 as a white cylinder concrete tower, with a third-order kerosene incandescent lamp. It produces two consecutive white lights and two red lights every 28 seconds, with a red sector light indicating the bearing of Guishan Island. The lighthouse was equipped with a third-order revolving lens light. The white and red lights have a luminous intensity of 650,000 and 110,000 candlepower, respectively. The nominal range of the white light is 24.5 nautical miles, and the range of the red light is 20 nautical miles. The stamps are designed by Hung-tu Ko, Associate Professor of the Department of Commercial Design at Ming Chuan University, and printed in color offset by China Color Printing Co., Ltd. By-issues including a first-day cover, folders with and without crystal mounts and a loose-leaf album page will go on sale on March 4, 2014. A pre-cancelled FDC with a NT$5-denominated stamp or the full set of stamps will go on sale on March 6, 2014.
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