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BIRD ISLAND LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: SIPPICAN HARBOR OFF BUZZARD'S BAY
Nearest City: MARION
County: PLYMOUTH
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1819


Bird Island Light
1997 photo by Charles Bradbury
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1819
  • Is the Light Operational? YES (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION)
  • Date Deactivated: 1933-1997
  • Automated: 1997
  • Foundation Materials: SURFACE ROCK
  • Construction Materials: RUBBLESTONE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 31
  • Original Optic: 10 LAMPS, 14-INCH REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1819
  • FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL (1852)
  • Present Optic: TIDELANDS ML-300-TF
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1997
  • Height of Focal Plane: 37
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (DISMANTLED)
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style: PYRAMIDAL TOWER
  • Fog Signal Type: BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DESTROYED)
  • Year Constructed: 1890
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: STONE
Other Structures: NONE (SWEPT AWAY IN 1938 HURRICANE)

Current Use: ISLAND IS NESTING GROUND FOR ENDANGERED ROSEATE TERNS MAY TO AUGUST

Owner/Manager: TOWN OF MARION

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87002030
Name of Listing: BIRD ISLAND LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
TOWER ORIGINALLY ATTACHED TO STONE DWELLING; LANTERN REPLACED IN 1850S



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