Nobska Light

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Nobska Light
Nobska Light (March 2005)
Location Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°30′56.7″N 70°39′18.5″W / 41.515750°N 70.655139°W / 41.515750; -70.655139
Year first constructed 1829
Year first lit 1876 (current tower)
Automated 1985
Foundation Natural Emplaced
Construction Iron with brick lining
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Height 40 feet (12 m)
Focal height 87 feet (27 m)
Original lens Fifth-order Fresnel lens, 1876
Current lens Fourth-order Fresnel lens, 1888
Range White 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi), Red 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic Fl W, 6 sec. Red sector
Fog signal 2 blasts every 30s
Admiralty number J0456
ARLHS number USA-550
USCG number


Nobska Point Light Station
Nobska Light is located in Cape Cod
Nobska Light
Location Nobska Rd., Falmouth, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°30′59″N 70°39′27″W / 41.51639°N 70.65750°W / 41.51639; -70.65750Coordinates: 41°30′59″N 70°39′27″W / 41.51639°N 70.65750°W / 41.51639; -70.65750
Area 2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Built 1876
Architectural style Italianate, Other, Federal Revival
Governing body Federal
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference # 87001483[4]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1987

Nobska Light, or Nobsque Light, also known as Nobska Point Light is a lighthouse located at the division between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound in Woods Hole on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It overlooks Martha's Vineyard and Nonamessett Island.

First built in 1828, Nobska Light was rebuilt in 1876. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Nobska Point Light Station in 1987.

The home adjacent to the light serves as the residence for the Commanding Officer of United States Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.


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