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Dunkirk postcard face - click to enlarge

Dunkirk postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: NY(GL)
Year established: 1826
Latitude: 42 deg 29 min 38 sec N
Longitude: 79 deg 21 min 14 sec W
Height above sea level: 82 feet

Original construction:
rubblestone tower

1875: current square 61-foot brick tower built to encase unstable original tower connected to new keeper's house

automated in 1960: active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
alternating 2 seconds of white and 2 seconds dark, visible for 16 nautical miles

leased to Dunkirk Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum; ,keeper's house is used as museum

More information:
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) pp. 42-43
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 145
U.S. Lighthouse Board, List of Lights, Buoys, and Daymarks of the United States on the Northern Lakes and Rivers, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1898)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River above the St. Regis River, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 39