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Block Island South-East postcard face - click to enlarge

Block Island South-East postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Block Island South-East

State: RI
Year established: 1875
Latitude: 41 deg 9 min 9 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 33 min 4 sec W
Height above sea level: 261 feet

Original construction:
52-foot octagonal red-brick tower, attached to dwelling.

1993: moved inland 300 feet from the edge of the bluff

deactivated 1990-1994; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing green every 5 seconds, visible for 20 miles

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 82-84
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 122-123