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Fort Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Fort Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Fort Point

State: ME
Year established: 1836
Latitude: 44 deg 28 min 1 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 48 min 42 sec W
Height above sea level: 88 feet

Original construction:
granite tower

1857: tower replaced by present 31-foot brick tower (with round inner brick lining); wooden keeper's house

Automated in 1988; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Fixed white light visible for 15 nautical miles; fog horn blasts once every 10 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 94-95