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Annisquam Harbor Light, Massachusetts

Annisquam Harbor Light, Massachusetts (Known places)

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Annisquam Harbor Light Station is a historic lighthouse on Wigwam Point in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

It is a cylindrical brick construction with a total height of 12.5 metres (41 ft), a workshop is attached to the tower. The actual light is 45 feet (14 metres) above Mean High Water. Every 7.5 seconds, it emits a white or red flash, depending on the bearing. A foghorn may be sounded with two blasts every 60 seconds.


The first light station, a 40-foot (12 m) wooden tower, was established in 1801 (218 years ago). The building fell into disrepair and, in 1851 (168 years ago), was replaced by an octagonal wooden tower of the same height. The original lighthouse keeper's house was repaired and, with alterations, has remained to this day. In 1869 (150 years ago), a covered walkway was built between the house and the tower.

In 1897 (122 years ago), the current brick lighthouse was built on the same foundation as the previous two constructions. Some time after 1900 (119 years ago), the covered walkway to the keeper's house was replaced by an uncovered wooden footbridge.

In 1931 (88 years ago), a foghorn was installed, but until 1949 (70 years ago), it was used only from Oct. 15 to May 15 to spare summer residents the noise. The lighthouse was automatized in 1974 (45 years ago). The fog signal was first removed by the Coast Guard, but after complaints by fishermen and local boaters, it was re-activated and eventually automated as well.

The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 (32 years ago).

The original wooden keeper's house from 1801 (218 years ago) is still used as a housing for United States Coast Guard personnel who manage the site. In 2000 (19 years ago), a major restoration of the tower was conducted by the Coast Guard.

In 2008 (11 years ago), the building made an appearance, supposedly as a lighthouse in Maine, in the movie remake The Women (starring Meg Ryan).



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