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Unfortunately, it’s not possible to visit the lighthouse. The building doesn’t meet the requirements yet for a one-and-a-half meter society.
Unfortunately, the Lighthouse Texel is momentarily closed. Because the space in the building is limited, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters is very difficult.
Up till 1990, the team of lighthouse keepers consisted of six men, who alternated in the day and night shifts.
Every shift began by climbing the stairs. Once at the top, coffee was made and the equipment inspected.
The men didn’t have to do anything with the rotation of the lamp; that worked automatically. The lighthouse keepers did have to polish the lamp once in awhile.
During their shift, the keepers guarded everything: large and small ships, pleasure boats. In the case of a calamity, the keepers had to warn the life boats and keep in touch with the Coast Guard.
Problems at sea didn’t just occur during bad weather. Not everyone at sea is always properly prepared. One time, a small vessel stranded on the Vliehors. The people only had a road map of the Netherlands with them.
The lighthouse keepers also kept track of activities on land. One day, the lighthouse got a phone call on a busy summer day. Could the lighthouse keeper watch out for a lost boy wearing a blue swim suit. He saw five boys with blue swim suits!
Even when there was no one needing to be rescued, the lighthouse keepers were never bored. They could chat with passing ships via the radio. The magnificent view made sure there was always something to enjoy. All this made the work at the lighthouse very pleasant.
After 1990, the equipment was doing more and more of the work of the lighthouse keeper. The lighthouse is now unmanned; the radar images and radio communication have been taken over by the Brandaris on Terschelling