Great Point Light

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Great Point Light
Great Point Light.jpg
Great Point Lighthouse
Great Point Light is located in Massachusetts
Great Point Light
LocationGreat Point, the northerly extremity of Nantucket, Massachusetts Island, southerly side of the easterly end of Nantucket Sound.
Coordinates41°23′24.6″N 70°2′53.8″W / 41.390167°N 70.048278°W / 41.390167; -70.048278Coordinates: 41°23′24.6″N 70°2′53.8″W / 41.390167°N 70.048278°W / 41.390167; -70.048278
Year first constructed1769
Year first lit1986 (current tower replaced destroyed 1818 tower)
Automatedcirca 1955
Deactivated1984, rebuilt 1986
ConstructionStone, Concrete and Plastic
Tower shapeCylindrical
Markings / patternWhite tower with covered way and white framed dwelling, black lantern room, small white oil-house to southward of dwelling
Tower height70 feet (21 m), 71 feet (22 m) above sea level.
Focal height71 feet (22 m)
Original lensThird order Fresnel lens
Current lensVRB-25 system
Rangewhite 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi), Red 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing white 5s with a red sector from 084° to 106°. Covers Cross Rip and Tuckernuck Shoals.
Fog signalNone
USCG number1-545[1][2][3]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Nantucket Light
NRHP reference #82005272
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 28, 1982
Removed from NRHP1986

Great Point Light, officially Nantucket Light, is a lighthouse located on the northernmost point of Nantucket Island. First built in 1784, the original wooden tower was destroyed by fire in 1816. The following year a stone tower was erected which stood until toppled in a storm in March 1984. Rebuilt again in 1986, the stone tower was built to replicate the old one, and still remains in operation today. Modern additions include solar panels to recharge the light's batteries, and a sheet pile foundation and 5-foot (1.5 m) thick concrete mat to help withstand erosion.

The lighthouse sits on a thin spit of beach where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound meet.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Nantucket Light and removed after the destruction of the listed structure in 1986.

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  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 116.
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2010-03-10). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.

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