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West Chop postcard face - click to enlarge

West Chop postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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West Chop

State: MA
Year established: 1818
Latitude: 41 deg 28 min 50 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 35 min 59 sec W
Height above sea level: 84 feet

Original construction:
25-foot rubblestone tower

1846: new house and tower at nearby site
1891: present 45-foot cylindrical brick tower on stone foundation

automated in 1976; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
White light occulting every four seconds with red sector, visible for 10 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 30 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. 38-39
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. 125