Straitsmouth Island Light

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Straitsmouth Island Light
Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse MA.JPG
USCG photo of the 1896 tower
Straitsmouth Island Light is located in Massachusetts
Straitsmouth Island Light
Location Rockport, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694Coordinates: 42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694
Year first lit 1835
Automated 1967
Foundation Granite
Construction Brick / Asphalt
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Height 37 feet (11 m)
Original lens 250 millimetres (9.8 in), solar powered
Range 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
Characteristic Green, flashing every 6 sec
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Straitsmouth Island Light is a lighthouse located on Straitsmouth Island, in Rockport, Massachusetts. The original tower was built in 1835, and replaced by a second tower in 1896.[1] It was automated in 1967, and is still in operation. The United States Coast Guard Light List[2] description is "White cylindrical tower". The actual light is 46 feet (14 meters) above Mean High Water. The Light List name is "Straightsmouth Light", but the island is "Straitsmouth Island" on NOAA charts.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Straitsmouth Island Light, reference number 87001487, on June 15, 1987.[3]

Straitsmouth Island was owned for many years by the naval architect William Francis Gibbs and his wife, New York socialite and opera supporter, Vera Cravath Gibbs.

The island was left to the Massachusetts Audubon Society following the Gibbses' deaths in the 1960s.

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  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 4. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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