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Cape Neddick postcard face - click to enlarge

Cape Neddick postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Cape Neddick

State: ME
Year established: 1879
Latitude: 43 deg 9 min 54 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 35 min 27 sec W
Height above sea level: 88 feet

Original construction:
41-foot white cylindrical brivk-lined cast-iron tower on the "Nubble" island; covered walkway to dwelling

Automated in 1987; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Alternates 6 seconds of red and 6 seconds dark, visible for 13 nautical miles; fog signals blasts once every 10 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 97
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 53