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Latimer Reef postcard face - click to enlarge

Latimer Reef postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Latimer Reef

State: NY
Year established: 1884
Latitude: 41 deg 18 min 16 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 56 min 0 sec W
Height above sea level: 56 feet

Original construction:
49-foot conical white brick-lined cast iron tower, brown band mid- height; on brown cylindrical caisson base

automated in 1974; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 6 seconds visible for 9 nautical miles; fog signal 2 bell strokes every 15 seconds

nearest town is in CT, but light is actually in NY waters

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 92-94
U.S. Coast Guard, DHS, LIGHT LIST Volume I, ATLANTIC COAST. St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey, (Washington, DC:U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), p. 187