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Baker's Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Baker's Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Baker's Island

State: MA
Year established: 1798
Latitude: 42 deg 32 min 11 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 47 min 9 sec W
Height above sea level: 111 feet

Original construction:
two wooden towers

1820: present 59-foot white granite tower, and 2nd, smaller tower
1926: smaller tower discontinued and removed

Electrified in 1938, automated in 1972; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Alternating white and red flashes every 20 seconds, red visible for 14 nautical miles; fog signal, 3-second blast every 30 seconds

preceded in 1791 by a day-marker

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 83+AK24
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 117