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Pond Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Pond Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Pond Island

State: ME
Year established: 1821
Latitude: 43 deg 44 min 24 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 46 min 13 sec W
Height above sea level: 52 feet

Original construction:
stone tower

1855: present 20-foot brick tower

Automated in 1963; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Alternating 6-seconds white, 6-seconds dark, visible for 9 nautical miles; fog signal 2 blasts every 30 seconds

The Pond Island Light island is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a bird refuge.

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. 24-25