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PLYMOUTH (GURNET) LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: GURNET POINT / PLYMOUTH BAY
Nearest City: DUXBURY
County: PLYMOUTH
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1768


Plymouth (Gurnet) Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1843
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1986
  • Foundation Materials: GRANITE
  • Construction Materials: CEDAR SHINGLE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN & RED ROOF
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL PYRAMIDAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 34
  • Original Optic: TWO FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1871
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1986
  • Height of Focal Plane: 102
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL FOURTH ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY AT HULL LIFESAVING MUSEUM, HULL, MA
  • Has tower been moved? YES, 1998
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
  • 2. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (DISMANTLED)
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. TRUMPET
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1963
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: MODERN - RANCH STYLE
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: LIFESAVING STATION NEARBY, STORAGE SHED ATTACHED TO TOWER, CISTERN

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO PROJECT BUG LIGHT

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

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #77000655
Name of Listing: PLYMOUTH LIGHT STATION (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
ONE OF 12 COLONIAL LIGHT STATIONS; ORIGINALLY TWIN LIGHTS, NORTH TOWER DISCONTINUED AND DISMANTLED 1924; STORAGE SHED ONCE CONNECTED TWIN TOWERS



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