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Whitehead postcard face - click to enlarge

Whitehead postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: ME
Year established: 1807
Latitude: 43 deg 58 min 43 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 7 min 27 sec W
Height above sea level: 75 feet

Original construction:
Wooden tower on White Head Island

1852: 41-foot granite tower

Automated in 1982; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
green, eclipsed by black every 4 seconds visible for 6 nautical miles; fog signal 2 blasts every 30 seconds

Incidentally, the name of the island was spelled 'White Head' before the Coast Guard combined the words to 'Whitehead'

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 95
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 46