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BRANT POINT LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: NANTUCKET ISLAND
Nearest City: NANTUCKET
County: NANTUCKET
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1746


Brant Point Light
U.S. Coast Guard photo
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1901
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1965
  • Foundation Materials: STONE PILING
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 26
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1901
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 26
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1746
  • Description: WOOD
  • Fate/Disposition: BURNED IN 1758; REPLACED BY ANOTHER WOODEN TOWER WHICH BLEW DOWN IN 1774, BURNED AGAIN IN 1786
  • 2. Construction Date: 1825
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED BY BRICK TOWER 1856
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN (IN 1856 TOWER)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1856
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: ATTACHED TO 1856 TOWER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: 1856 WHITE CONICAL TOWER (W/OUT LANTERN), BOATHOUSE (1936), LIFESAVING STATION (1934), OIL HOUSE, GARAGE, STORAGE BUILDING, WALKWAY (1901), 2 WOODEN RANGE LIGHTS (1908)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/COAST GUARD HOUSING

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87002029
Name of Listing: BRANT POINT LIGHT STATION (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, MA-969

Miscellaneous:
REBUILT 8 TIMES; REPRODUCTION OF 1901 TOWER IS ON GROUNDS OF MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM; 50% OF WALKWAY DESTROYED IN 1991 STORM, REPAIRED BY USCG IN 1992; PART OF NANTUCKET NHL DISTRICT



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