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Burnt Island postcard face - click to enlarge

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Burnt Island

State: ME
Year established: 1821
Latitude: 43 deg 49 min 30 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 38 min 25 sec W
Height above sea level: 61 feet

Original construction:
30-foot white conical stone tower, covered way to dwelling
1962: converted to electricity

Automated in 1989; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing red every 6 seconds, visible for 12 nautical miles; fog signal, 1 blast every 10 seconds

The Burnt Island Light "became the last lighthouse in New England to be converted from kerosene to electricity" (in 1962) and "in 1989 it became one of the last Maine lights to be automated."

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 81