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Block Island North postcard face - click to enlarge

Block Island North postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Block Island North

State: RI
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 41 deg 13 min 39 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 34 min 32 sec W
Height above sea level: 58 feet

Original construction:
45-foot towers on opposite ends of building

1837: new twin light towers built inland from original site
1857: new light built at same site
1867: present 52-foot brown iron tower on gray-granite dwelling 700 yards from original

automated in 1956; discontinued 1973 - 1989; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 13 nautical miles

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 78-82
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 121-122