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Fort Pickering (Winter Island) postcard face - click to enlarge

Fort Pickering (Winter Island) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Fort Pickering (Winter Island)

State: MA
Year established: 1871
Latitude: 42 deg 31 min 35 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 51 min 59 sec W
Height above sea level: 28 feet

Original construction:
32-foot brown conical brick-lined iron tower with white base; brown bridge to shore.

discontinued in 1969, refurbished, automated, and relit as private aid to navigation in 1983

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 4 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. 30-31
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. 91