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Franklin Island postcard face - click to enlarge

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Franklin Island

State: ME
Year established: 1807
Latitude: 43 deg 53 min 31 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 22 min 29 sec W
Height above sea level: 57 feet

Original construction:
not described

1831: rebuilt
1855: present 45-foot tower

Automated in 1967; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 6 seconds, visible for 8 nautical miles

The Franklin Island Light is the third oldest lighthouse station in Maine.

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 24-25