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East Chop postcard face - click to enlarge

East Chop postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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East Chop

State: MA
Year established: 1869
Latitude: 41 deg 28 min 13 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 34 min 3 sec W
Height above sea level: 79 feet

Original construction:
private wooden light and house

1871: original light burnt down, replaced by lantern atop residence
1878: present 40-foot brown cast-iron tower

automated 1933; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
isophase green 6 seconds (3-second green flash alternating with 3 seconds dark), visible for 9 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 108
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. 38-39