Straitsmouth Island
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Straitsmouth Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1835

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1896

Year Automated: 1967

Shape: Cylindrical

Tower Height: 37   ft.

Original Optic:

Present Optic: 250mm, Solar

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1878
      Number of Stories: 1.5
      Architectural Style: Gothic
      Construction Materials: Wood

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Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse
Rockport, MA

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Last Visited: April, 2002

The Straitsmouth Island Light is a lighthouse located on Straitsmouth Island, in Rockport, Massachusetts. The original tower was built in 1835, and replaced by a second tower in 1896. It was automated in 1967, and is still in operation. The United States Coast Guard Light List description is "White cylindrical tower". The actual light is 46 feet (14 meters) above Mean High Water. The Light List name is "Straightsmouth Light", but the island is "Straitsmouth Island" on NOAA charts.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Straitsmouth Island Light, reference number 87001487, on June 15, 1987.

Straitsmouth Island was owned for many years by the naval architect William Francis Gibbs and his wife, New York socialite and opera supporter, Vera Cravath Gibbs.

The island was left to the Massachusetts Audubon Society following the Gibbses' deaths in the 1960s.

Source: Wikipedia

Latitude/Longitude: 42.661894,-70.588986

  • This light can best be seen only by boat. Distant views can be seen from Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Also, see our Lighthouse Tours page for information on lighthouse tours in Massachusetts.

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