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Montauk Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Montauk Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Montauk Point

State: NY
Year established: 1797
Latitude: 41 deg 4 min 15 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 51 min 26 sec W
Height above sea level: 168 feet

Original construction:
110-foot white, octagonal pyramidal sandstone tower, brown band mid-height; covered way to white dwelling

active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 5 seconds visible for 18 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. 234-240
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 83