Pointe Venus Lighthouse

Pointe Venus Lighthouse sits at, you guessed it, Pointe Venus at the northernmost point of the island of Tahiti. The point takes it’s name because Capt. James Cook set up an observatory there to view the transit of Venus across the face of the sun, a very rare occurrence, in 1769. The lighthouse was completed in 1867 and went into service on the first day of 1868. It was refurbished and made higher in 1963. There are currently four stamps featuring the lighthouse, the last one being issued in 2018.

Pt. Venus L/H | Sc C31, Mi 37, SG 37, Yt PA8 | 10 Sep 1964 Pt. Venus L/H | Sc C31, Mi 37, SG 37, Yt PA8 | 10 Sep 1964

Pt. Venus L/H | Sc 481, Mi 502, SG 531, Yt 302 | 21 Apr 1988 Pt. Venus L/H | Sc 481, Mi 502, SG 531, Yt 302 | 21 Apr 1988

Pt. Venus L/H | Sc 930c, Mi 987, SG ?, Yt 787, WADP ? | 22 Sep 2006 Pt. Venus L/H | Sc 930c, Mi 987, SG ?, Yt 787, WADP ? | 22 Sep 2006

Pt. Venus L/H | Sc ?, Mi 1377, SG ?, Yt 1183, WADP PF008.18 | 23 Apr 2018 Pt. Venus L/H | Sc ?, Mi 1377, SG ?, Yt 1183, WADP PF008.18 | 23 Apr 2018

2018 Kyrgyzstan Lighthouse Stamps

On 16 Nov 2018 Kyrgyz Express Post issued this rather stunning set of stamps along with a souvenir sheet, mini sheets and a first day cover featuring the lighthouses of Issyk-Kul Lake. Navigational buoys are also shown on the stamps and sheets.

Issyk-Kul Lake is over 100 miles long and over 37 miles wide at its widest point . While it is located high in the mountains and surrounded by snow covered peaks, it never freezes and is thus navigable year-round. The pictured aids to navigation are typical of those found on the lake. Notice that the souvenir sheet has a map at the bottom portion showing the location of all lighthouses along the lake shore.

Typical Issyk-Kul L/H | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018 Typical Issyk-Kul L/H | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018

Typical Issyk-Kul leading lights and buoy | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018 Typical Issyk-Kul leading lights and buoy | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018

Typical Issyk-Kul L/H | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018 Souvenir sheet | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018

Typical Issyk-Kul L/H with buoys shown in margin | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018 Typical Issyk-Kul L/H with buoys shown in margin | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018

Typical Issyk-Kul leading lights and buoy with additional buoy shown in the margin | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018 Typical Issyk-Kul leading lights and buoy with additional buoy shown in the margin | Sc ?, Mi ?, SG ?, Yt ?, WADP ? | 16 Nov 2018

Images are courtesy of Kyrgyz Express Post and used with permission.