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Brant Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Brant Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Brant Point

State: MA
Year established: 1746
Latitude: 41 deg 17 min 23 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 5 min 25 sec W
Height above sea level: 26 feet

Original construction:
wooden tower

1757: rebuilt after fire
1774: rebuilt after storm; 1783, 1786: rebuilt after fires; 1788: rebuilt after fire; 1825: new light built
1856: 47-foot brick tower
1901: present 26-foot wooden tower about 600 feet east of 1856 tower

automated 1965, active aid to navigation.

Light characteristic:
Red light eclipsed every 4 seconds visible for 10 nautical miles; fog signal, 1 blast every 10 seconds

Unlit 1856 tower is part of Brant Pt. CG station

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 110-111
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 72-73
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. 36-37