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Wood Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Wood Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Wood Island

State: ME
Year established: 1808
Latitude: 43 deg 27 min 24 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 19 min 44 sec W
Height above sea level: 71 feet

Original construction:
47-foot stone tower

1858: present tower and dwelling refurbished

Automated in 1986; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashes white and green alternately every 10 seconds, visible from 16 nautical miles; fog signal blasts twice every 30 seconds

The Wood Island Light is the second-oldest 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. 26-27