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Goat Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Goat Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Goat Island

State: ME
Year established: 1834
Latitude: 43 deg 21 min 28 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 25 min 30 sec W
Height above sea level: 38 feet

Original construction:
20-foot stone tower

1859-60: tower and house rebuilt
1880s: present 25-foot brick tower

Automated in 1990; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 6 seconds, visible for 12 nautical miles; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds

A proposal to automate the Goat Island Light in 1976 was postponed due to the local view that a keeper was needed to prevent vandalism. In 1990, it was the next-to-last Maine light to be automated.

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. 26-27