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Sankaty Head postcard face - click to enlarge

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Sankaty Head

State: MA
Year established: 1850
Latitude: 41 deg 17 min 1 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 57 min 55 sec W
Height above sea level: 158 feet

Original construction:
present 70-foot white brick tower and granite with red band in the middle.

electrified in 1933, automated in 1965, active aid to navigation.

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 7.5 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 94
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 111-112