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Great Captain Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Great Captain Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Great Captain Island

State: CT
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 40 deg 58 min 56 sec N
Longitude: 73 deg 37 min 22 sec W

Original construction:
30-foot stone tower and keeper's house

1868: present 51-foot white tower on south gable of granite dwelling

discontinued in 1970; replaced by skeleton tower

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 191-194