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Annisquam Harbor Lighthouse

July 9, 2019
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Annisquam Harbor Lighthouse, Massachusetts

ANNISQUAM HARBOR LIGHT 

CAPE ANN, MASSACHUSETTS; WIGWAM POINT/IPSWICH BAY; WEST OF ROCKPORT, MASSACHUSETTS
Station Established: 1801 
Year Current/Last Tower(s) First Lit: 1897 
Operational? YES 
Automated? YES 1974 
Deactivated: n/a 
Foundation Materials: STONE 
Construction Materials: BRICK 
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL ATTACHED TO GARAGE 
Height:    45-feet
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN 
Characteristics:    White flash every 7.5 seconds
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED 
Original Lens: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Foghorn:    Automated 

Historical Information:

* 1801: Annisquam is the oldest of four lighthouses to guard Gloucester peninsula.  The keeper’s house, built in 1801 continues to house Coast Guard families.  Rudyard Kipling lived there while writing "Captain’s Courageous" – a great literary tribute to American sailors.
* 1974: The 4th order Fresnel lens and foghorn were automated.