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
LocationMattapoisett, Massachusetts
Coordinates41°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 constructed1838[1]
Year first lit1838
FoundationNatural / Emplaced
Tower shapeConical
Markings / patternWhite tower with black lantern
Tower height39 feet (12 m)
Focal height41 feet (12 m)
Original lensFifth order Fresnel lens
Current lens9.8 inches (250 mm) lens (1996)[2]
Range12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicIsophase white, 6 seconds
Fog signalnone
Admiralty numberJ0504
ARLHS numberUSA-533
USCG number1-17095[3][4][5]
Ned Point Light
MPSLighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP reference #87001488[6]
Added to NRHPJune 15, 1987
Heritageplace 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.