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Burnt Coat Harbor postcard face - click to enlarge

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Burnt Coat Harbor

State: ME
Year established: 1872
Latitude: 44 deg 8 min 3 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 26 min 50 sec W
Height above sea level: 75 feet

Original construction:
32-foot white square brick tower connected to dwelling, and lower range light

1884: lower range light extinguished

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Light characteristic:
Alternating white and dark every 4 seconds, visible for 9 nautical miles

The Burnt Coat Harbor Light (also known as the Hockamock Head Light) was established with both a 32-foot brick tower and a lower light to serve together as range lights. Complaints of confusion led to the closure of the lower light in 1884.

More information:
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), pp. 32-33