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MINOTS LEDGE LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: COHASSET ROCKS
Nearest City: SCITUATE
County: PLYMOUTH
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1850


Minots Ledge Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1998
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1860
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1947
  • Foundation Materials: STONE LEDGE
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 114
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1860
  • Present Optic: 300 MM, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1983
  • Height of Focal Plane: 85
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FRESNEL LENS PLACED IN REPLICA LANTERN ONSHORE IN COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1850
  • Description: PILE STRUCTURE
  • Fate/Disposition: SWEPT AWAY 1851
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN (DISCONTINUED 1947)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1858
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX ONSHORE ON GOVERNMENT ISLAND
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: ENGINEERING OFFICE, OIL STORAGE BUILDING, STONE WHARF, ASST. KEEPERS DWELLING (ALL ON GOVERNMENT ISLAND), STONE FROM WATCHROOM REMOVED TO GOVERNMENT ISLAND AND REPLICA LANTERN PLACED ON TOP

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (TOWER) / TOWN OF COHASSET (DWELLING)

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87001489
Name of Listing: MINOTS LEDGE LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
LIGHTSHIP AT SITE 1851-1860; ONE OF TOP TEN ENGINEERING FEATS OF USLHS; MOST "WAVE-SWEPT" LIGHTHOUSE; SENTIMENTAL FAVORITE FOR "I LOVE YOU" LIGHT; AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING LANDMARK; MONUMENT TO TWO ASSISTANTS KILLED WHEN THE FIRST LIGHTHOUSE WAS DESTROYED IS BEING DEDICATED AT GOVERNMENT ISLAND ON MAY 21, 2000



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