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PORTSMOUTH HARBOR (NEWCASTLE) LIGHT

State: NEW HAMPSHIRE
Location: FORT POINT
Nearest City: NEWCASTLE
County: ROCKINGHAM
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1771


Portsmouth Harbor Light
Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1877
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1960
  • Foundation Materials: STONE BLOCKS
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 48
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1877
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1877
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL IN OPERATION
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. BELL ATTACHED TO TOWER FOUNDATION
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1872
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: BRICK OIL HOUSE, RADIOBEACON, WALKWAY BETWEEN TOWER AND FORT

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/COAST GUARD BASE

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION/FRIENDS OF PORTSMOUTH HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE

Open to the Public? NO, EXCEPT FOR OCCASIONAL OPEN HOUSES IN SUMMER

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #73000169
Name of Listing: FORT CONSTITUTION
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
SITE OF ONE OF 12 COLONIAL TOWERS TURNED OVER TO THE U.S. IN 1789



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