Straitsmouth Island Light

Coordinates: 42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694
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Straitsmouth Island Light
Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse MA.JPG
USCG photo of the 1896 tower
LocationRockport, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694
Constructed1835 Edit this on Wikidata
ConstructionBrick / Asphalt
Height37 feet (11 m)
MarkingsWhite with black lantern
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1835
Focal height14 m (46 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Lens250 millimetres (9.8 in), solar powered
Range6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
CharacteristicGreen, flashing every 6 sec
Straightsmouth Island Light
Area1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built1835 (1835)
Architectural styleGothic
MPSLighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP reference No.87001487[1]
Added to NRHPJune 15, 1987

The Straitsmouth Island Light is a lighthouse located on Straitsmouth Island, in Rockport, Massachusetts. The original tower was built in 1835, and replaced by a second tower in 1896.[2] It was automated in 1967, and is still in operation. The United States Coast Guard Light List[3] description is "White cylindrical tower". The actual light is 46 feet (14 meters) above Mean High Water. The Light List name is "Straightsmouth Light", but the island is "Straitsmouth Island" on NOAA charts.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Straitsmouth Island Light in 1987.[1]

Straitsmouth Island was owned for many years by the naval architect William Francis Gibbs and his wife, New York socialite and opera supporter, Vera Cravath Gibbs.

The island was left to the Massachusetts Audubon Society following the Gibbses' deaths in the 1960s.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-08. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  3. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 4.

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