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Annisquam Harbor (Wigwam Pt.) postcard face - click to enlarge

Annisquam Harbor (Wigwam Pt.) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Annisquam Harbor (Wigwam Pt.)

State: MA
Year established: 1801
Latitude: 42 deg 39 min 43 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 40 min 53 sec W
Height above sea level: 45 feet

Original construction:
32-foot wooden tower

1851: 40-foot wooden tower
1897: 41-foot cylindrical brick tower, elevated walk to dwelling.

Electrified in 1922, automated in 1974, and restored in 2000; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 7.5 seconds, red sector from 180 to 217 degrees, visible for 11 nautical miles; fog signal, 2 blasts every 60 seconds.

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 97-98
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 28-29