Eastern Point Light

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Eastern Point Light
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Eastern Point Light Station
Eastern Point Light is located in Massachusetts
Eastern Point Light
Location Gloucester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°34′48.6″N 70°39′52″W / 42.580167°N 70.66444°W / 42.580167; -70.66444Coordinates: 42°34′48.6″N 70°39′52″W / 42.580167°N 70.66444°W / 42.580167; -70.66444
Year first constructed 1832
Year first lit 1890 (Current tower)
Automated 1986
Foundation Masonry
Construction Brick tower
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern and red roof
Height 36 feet (11 m)
Focal height 57 feet (17 m)
Original lens 4th order Fresnel lens
Current lens Optic DCB-24
Characteristic Flashing white every 5 sec.
Fog signal Horn, and original bell
USCG number
Eastern Point Light Station
Built 1832
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Gothic, Queen Anne
Governing body COAST GUARD
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference # 87002027[1]
Added to NRHP September 30, 1987

Eastern Point Light is an historic lighthouse on Cape Ann, in northeastern Massachusetts.

The lighthouse was originally planned in 1829 and was erected by 1832 on the east side of the Gloucester Harbor entrance. It was first lit on January 1, 1832. The tower was rebuilt in 1848 and again in 1890.[2] The third and current conical brick tower stands 36 feet (11 m) tall. The lighthouse has an attached two-story keeper's quarters, built in 1879. The actual light is 57 feet (17 m) above Mean High Water. Its white light is visible for 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi).[3]

In 1880, the lighthouse was occupied by American landscape painter Winslow Homer.[4] It was automated by September 1985 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The lighthouse is currently operated by the United States Coast Guard and is closed to the public.[5]

A distinctive rock formation known as Mother Ann is located along the shore near the lighthouse.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Eastern Point Light Station". Eastern Point Light Station. National Park Service. 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations". Inventory of Historic Light Stations. National Park Service. 2009-07-05. 
  5. ^ http://www.lighthouse.cc/easternpoint/history.html