Straitsmouth Island Light

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Straitsmouth Island Light
Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse MA.JPG
USCG photo of the 1896 tower
Straitsmouth Island Light is located in Massachusetts
Straitsmouth Island Light
LocationRockport, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694Coordinates: 42°39′44.14″N 70°35′17.05″W / 42.6622611°N 70.5880694°W / 42.6622611; -70.5880694
Year first lit1835
ConstructionBrick / Asphalt
Tower shapeCylindrical
Markings / patternWhite with black lantern
Tower height37 feet (11 m)
Focal height14 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Original lens250 millimetres (9.8 in), solar powered
Range6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
CharacteristicGreen, flashing every 6 sec
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
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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