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Fowey Rocks postcard face - click to enlarge

Fowey Rocks postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Fowey Rocks

State: FL
Year established: 1878
Latitude: 25 deg 35 min 27 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 5 min 47 sec W
Height above sea level: 110 feet

Original construction:
Current brown octagonal, 110-foot pyramidal skeleton tower, enclosing white stair cylinder and octagonal dwelling on pile foundation.

in 1968 became part of Biscayne National Monument; automated in 1974; electrified in 1975; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 10 seconds with two red sectors, white light visible for 15 nautical miles, red visible for 10 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 134-139
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 45-48
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 9