Burlington Breakwater Lights

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Burlington Breakwater
North Light
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The North Light is visible to the right.
Burlington Breakwater Lights is located in Vermont
Burlington Breakwater Lights
Location Burlington, Vermont
Coordinates 44°28′50″N 73°13′47.2″W / 44.48056°N 73.229778°W / 44.48056; -73.229778Coordinates: 44°28′50″N 73°13′47.2″W / 44.48056°N 73.229778°W / 44.48056; -73.229778
Year first constructed 1857
Year first lit 2003 (current tower, which is a replica of 1890 tower)
Automated 2003
Foundation Breakwater
Construction Wood
Tower shape Square pyramidal
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 35 feet (11 m)
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Flashing red 2.5s
Fog signal none
USCG number

1-39615 [1]

[2]
Burlington Breakwater
South Light
Coordinates 44°28′12.1″N 73°13′32.4″W / 44.470028°N 73.225667°W / 44.470028; -73.225667
Year first constructed 1857
Year first lit 2003 (current tower, which is a replica of 1857 tower)
Automated 2003
Foundation Breakwater
Construction Wood
Tower shape Square pyramidal
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 12 feet (3.7 m)
Range 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)
Characteristic Flashing white 4s
Fog signal none
USCG number

1-39680 [1]

[2]

The Burlington Breakwater Lights were originally established in 1857 to mark the ends of a low, detached, two piece breakwater 23-nautical-mile (1.2 km; 0.77 mi) long which protects the Burlington, Vermont harbor from Lake Champlain.[3] The breakwater is on the National Register of Historic Places,[4] but the lights, being replicas, are not. The two lights were replaced and rebuilt several times as fire and ice took their toll. In the middle of the 20th century, the wood towers were replaced by steel skeleton towers. The City of Burlington arranged for Federal funding for replicas of the original towers which were activated on September 12, 2003.[2]

Gallery[edit]

The USCG source says this was the south light. 
The USCG source says this was the north light. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 330. 
  2. ^ a b c Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-26). "Lighthouses of the United States: Vermont". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  3. ^ NOAA chart #14782 Lake Champlain: Cumberland Head to Four Brothers Islands, 1/40,000 2006
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.