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Long Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Long Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Long Point

State: MA
Year established: 1827
Latitude: 42 deg 1 min 59 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 10 min 7 sec W
Height above sea level: 36 feet

Original construction:
lantern atop keeper's house - 36 feet above the sea

1875: present 38-foot brick tower

automated in 1952; solar-powered in 1982; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
occulting green every 4 seconds, visible for 8 nautical miles; fog signal, 1 blast every 15 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