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Plymouth (Gurnet) postcard face - click to enlarge

Plymouth (Gurnet) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Plymouth (Gurnet)

State: MA
Year established: 1768
Latitude: 42 deg 0 min 12 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 36 min 2 sec W
Height above sea level: 102 feet

Original construction:
two lanterns, one at each end of the keeper's house

1803: two white, octagonal, pyramidal towers, 30 feet apart
1843: two 34-foot wooden octagonal pyramidal towers, connected by a covered way
1924: northeast light tower demolished
1999: relocated 140 feet inland; tower height 39 feet

automated in 1986; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Three white flashes every 30 seconds with a red sector, visible for 15 nautical miles; fog signal, one blast every15 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 77, 79
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 115-116
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. 113