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Boon Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Boon Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Boon Island

State: ME
Year established: 1799
Latitude: 43 deg 7 min 17 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 28 min 35 sec W
Height above sea level: 137 feet

Original construction:
50-foot wooden tower

1805: stone beacon
1811: 18-foot tower
1831: storm damage repairs
1855: 133-foot conical masonry tower

Automated in 1980; active aid to navigation; solar powered in 1993

Light characteristic:
White flash every 5 seconds, visible for 19 nautical miles; fog signal, one blast every 10 seconds

The 133-foot tower is the tallest in New England.

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 85-86
Whitney, Dudley, The Lighthouse, (Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society/Little, Brown and Co., 1975), pp. 168-171
US Coast Guard, Public Information Division, Historically Famous Lighthouses, CG-232, (Washington, DC: GPO,1972), p. 27-28 [Light characteristics may not be current]