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Marblehead (Mass) postcard face - click to enlarge

Marblehead (Mass) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Marblehead (Mass)

State: MA
Year established: 1835
Latitude: 42 deg 30 min 20 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 50 min 1 sec W
Height above sea level: 130 feet

Original construction:
A white brick tower 20 feet high, attached to keeper's house by covered walkway

1883: light atop 100-foot guyed mast to replace light obscured by adjacent buildings
1896: 105-foot skeleton tower; brown to gallery, black above; elevated walk to dwelling

automated in 1960; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
fixed green visible for 7 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 107-108