Tanjung Tokong Light, Balikpapan, 2011
photo copyright Irma Widyasta Pratiwi; used by permission

Balikpapan (Tanjung Tokong, Tukong Hill) (3?)Date unknown. Active; focal plane 93 m (305 ft); one long white flash every 20 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Irma Widyasta Pratiwi’s photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This light marks the entrance to the harbor of Balikpapan, a principal port of East Kalimantan. During World War II, Japanese troops took Balikpapan in January 1942 and held it until it was taken by Australian forces in heavy fighting in July 1945. Forand has a historic postcard view said to be of an earlier lighthouse, but light lists do not describe such a tower. In fact, no references are known to any Balikpapan lighthouse prior to World War II. NGA describes an 8 m (26 ft) “white building,” a light known to have been in place at least by 1955. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-362; Admiralty K1459; NGA 24920.

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