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GAY HEAD LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Nearest City: AQUINNAH
County: DUKES
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1799


Gay Head Light
U.S. Coast Guard photo, 1981
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1856
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1960
  • Foundation Materials:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/SANDSTONE
  • Markings/Patterns: RED BRICK W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 51
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1856
  • Present Optic: DCB-224
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1953
  • Height of Focal Plane: 170
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER LENS GIVEN TO DUKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (VINEYARD MUSEUM) IN 1953
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: NONE
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DEMOLISHED 1956)
  • Year Constructed: 1902
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: DEMOLISHED

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LICENSE TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #87001464
Name of Listing: GAY HEAD LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:



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