Gloucester Breakwater Light
Gloucester B'water Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1903
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1903
Year Automated: 1986
Tower Height: 30 ft.
Present Optic: Fixed Light, red
Existing Keepers Quarters? No
Gloucester Breakwater Lighthouse
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Last Visited: April, 2002
At the end of the breakwater near Eastern Point Light in Gloucester stands a simple light beacon called the Gloucester Breakwater Light. This light marks the Dog Bar Reef. The light is also known as Dog Bar Breakwater Light.
The Dog Bar Breakwater, extending one half mile into the mouth of the outer harbor from Eastern Point Light was first proposed in 1866 in order to reduce turbulence in the waters of the outer harbor during heavy weather. In 1866, Captain “Uncle Joe” Proctor, the “father of the Dog Bar Breakwater,” petitioned Congress for its creation, but it was not until 1894 that work on its construction began. Progress was slow, and although an extraordinary number of shipwrecks and groundings in 1898 sped it up somewhat, the breakwater was not completed until 1905.
Eastern Point - Location, History, and Legends
Nearest Address: 199 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA
- Take Route 128 north to the end in Gloucester.
- At the intersection with Route 127A, go straight across onto East Main St.
- In about 1 mile East Main St. becomes Eastern Point Road. Continue on Eastern Point Rd.
- After another 0.4 miles Eastern Point Road becomes Eastern Point Blvd W.
- Follow Eastern Point Blvd W for another 1.5 miles.
- Go through the gate and follow the road to a small dirt parking lot.
- The lighthouse is private but you can view Eastern Point Light from the jetty. You can also walk to Gloucester Breakwater light from the same jetty.
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