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Replica of a vippefyr located at Verdens Ende (World's End, or The End of the Earth) at the southernmost tip of the island of Tjome in Vestfold, Norway. A vippefyr or bascule light or tipping lantern was a type of small navigational aid popular in Denmark and Norway in the 18th century and before. It consisted of a basket in which wood or coal was set; this was then burned. The basket was affixed to a lever that allowed it to be manipulated as required. (The bascule from the French for "seesaw" refers to the counterbalancing of the lever, which facilitates raising and lowering the basket; when one end is lowered the other is raised.) The vippefyr system was generally viewed as ineffective, as it produced little light and was usually unreliable.
February 16th, 2013
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