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Point Judith postcard face - click to enlarge

Point Judith postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Point Judith

State: RI
Year established: 1810
Latitude: 41 deg 21 min 40 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 28 min 53 sec W
Height above sea level: 65 feet

Original construction:
octagonal wooden tower

1816: 35-foot stone lighthouse replaced original destroyed by hurricane
1857: present 51-foot octagonal, pyramidal brownstone tower; lower half white, upper half brown; connected with dwellling

automated in 1954; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Group-occulting white (3 eclipses per 15 seconds), visible for 16 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 15 seconds

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 75-78
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 125