Ned Point Light

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Ned Point Light
Ned Point Lighthouse.JPG
Ned's Point Light in 2012
Ned Point Light is located in Massachusetts
Ned Point Light
Ned Point Light
Location Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°39′3.133″N 70°47′44.336″W / 41.65087028°N 70.79564889°W / 41.65087028; -70.79564889Coordinates: 41°39′3.133″N 70°47′44.336″W / 41.65087028°N 70.79564889°W / 41.65087028; -70.79564889
Year first constructed 1838[1]
Year first lit 1838
Automated 1923
Deactivated 1952–1961[1]
Foundation Natural / Emplaced
Construction Stone
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White tower with black lantern
Height 39 feet (12 m)
Focal height 41 feet (12 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm) lens (1996)[2]
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Isophase white, 6 seconds
Fog signal none
Admiralty number J0504
ARLHS number USA-533
USCG number


Ned Point Light
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP reference # 87001488[6]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1987
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
The original Ned Point Light in Massachusetts, showing its original bird-cage lantern and keeper's house.

Ned Point Light is a historic lighthouse on Ned's Point Road in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. The lighthouse was built in 1838 at a cost of approximately $5,000, and named after Ned Dexter, a local farmer. Under the supervision of a local builder, Leonard Hammond, the lighthouse was constructed with a birdcage-style lanter similar to Bird Island Light found in Marion, Massachusetts. The stone used for the ligthouse was all locally sourced, with most of it originating from nearby beaches. Insider, there are 32 granite steps that are cantilevered to the outside wall without the use of mortar. The original lantern used 11 whale oil lamps, each with its own parabolic reflector. The lamps and reflectors were replaced by a fifth order Fresnel lens in 1857, along with a change to an octagonal lantern. The Great Blizzard of 1888 signfiicantly damaged the keeper's stone house, resulting in it being demolished and the building of a wooden replacement.[2]

Following its the lighthouse's automation in 1923, the keeper's house became uneccessary. The original stone keeper's house was loaded on a barge and taken to Wing's Neck Light in Bourne, Massachusetts. The lighthouse was deactivated from 1952, but remained under control of the US Coast Guard. Following modernization in 1961, the lighthouse was reactivated in 1961 with its current 6-second isophase.[2] The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and approved in 1988.[2][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Ned Point Light". National Park Service. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ned's Point Lighthouse". US Lighthouses. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  4. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2013. p. 158.
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2013-03-20). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  6. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.