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Penfield Reef postcard face - click to enlarge

Penfield Reef postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Penfield Reef

State: CT
Year established: 1874
Latitude: 41 deg 7 min 2 sec N
Longitude: 73 deg 13 min 20 sec W
Height above sea level: 51 feet

Original construction:
present 35-foot tower on granite dwelling on pier

automated in 1971; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing red every 6 seconds visible for 15 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 15 seconds

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 169-171