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Curtis Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Curtis Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Curtis Island

State: ME
Year established: 1835
Latitude: 44 deg 12 min 4 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 2 min 55 sec W
Height above sea level: 52 feet

Original construction:
Brick lighthouse on site then called Negro Island

1896: present 25-foot brick tower; island name changed in 1934 as memorial to the Saturday Evening Post publisher

Automated in 1972; active aid to navigation; converted to solar power in 1994

Light characteristic:
4 seconds green, I second darkness, can be seen for 6 nautical miles.

More information:
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), pp. 39-40