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Deer Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Deer Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Deer Island

State: MA
Year established: 1890
Latitude: 42 deg 20 min 23 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 57 min 16 sec W
Height above sea level: 33 feet

Original construction:
Brown conical cast-iron tower on black cylindrical caisson

1982: deteriorated cast-iron tower is replaced by 33-foot white fiberglass tower on original caisson
1983: 33-foot brown fiberglass tower replaces white tower

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Light characteristic:
Alternating white and red flashes every 10 seconds, red visible for 11 nautical miles; fog signal, 1 blast every 10 seconds

More information:
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. 32-33
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 1 Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, ME to Shrewsbury River, NJ, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2003), p. 97