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Fenwick Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Fenwick Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Fenwick Island

State: DE
Year established: 1859
Latitude: 38 deg 27 min 5 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 3 min 16 sec W
Height above sea level: 83 feet

Original construction:
present 84-foot white conical brick tower

automated in 1940; deactivated 1978 - 1982; private aid to navigation & museum

Light characteristic:
Oc W 13 seconds (flashing white for 7.5 seconds, eclipsed for 5.5 seconds), visible for 8 nautical miles

owned by State of DE leased to Friends of Fenwick Island Lighthouse

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 2 Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 3