Cape Poge Light

Cape Poge Light


caption = Cape Poge Lighthouse
location = Marthas Vineyard/Chappaquiddick island
coordinates = coord|41|25|07.63|N|70|27|06.43|W|region:US_type:landmark|display=inline,title
yearbuilt = 1801
yearlit = 1893 (current tower)
automated = 1943
yeardeactivated =
foundation = Stone
construction = Wood shingle
shape = Conical
marking = white with black lantern
height = convert|65|ft|m|0
elevation =
lens = Fourth order Fresnel lens
currentlens =
intensity =
range = 9 nm
characteristic = Flashing white 6s
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nrhp_type =

caption =
location= Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown, Massachusetts
lat_degrees = 41
lat_minutes = 25
lat_seconds = 7.63
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 70
long_minutes = 27
long_seconds = 6.43
long_direction = W
locmapin = Massachusetts
area =
built =1893
architect= Unknown
added = September 28, 1987cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
governing_body = COAST GUARD
mpsub= [ Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR]

Cape Poge Light sometimes called Cape Pogue Light is at the northeast tip of Chappaquiddick, an island near Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

At least four towers have been built at this location, with many moves. In 1801 the first convert|35|ft|m|0|sing=on wooden Cape Poge Lighthouse was built for $2,000; during the War of 1812 the light was extinguished for a few months and its apparatus was hidden in the cellar of a Chappaquiddick house. This first lighthouse was moved in 1825 and again in 1838 due to an eroding bluff.

In 1844 a new tower was built for $1,600 and in 1857 supplied with a fourth order Fresnel lens. However, in 1878 it was reported that the keeper's house would probably "fall into the sea within two years." A third lighthouse was therefore built in 1880, and in 1893 a new, convert|35|ft|m|0|sing=on, white, wooden, conical tower was added, convert|40|ft|m|0 inland from the previous one. This 1893 tower has been moved four times (in 1907, 1922, 1960, and in 1987 when it became the first lighthouse to be moved by helicopter). The light was automated in 1934. The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The current light is a 300 mm solar powered beacon that flashes white every 6 seconds and is visible for convert|9|nmi|km|0. The light's focal plane is convert|65|ft|m|0 above mean high water. This light is currently active and is under the auspices of the United States Coast Guard, however the tower has been transferred and is now owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees of Reservations provide tours during the summer season. The lighthouse can be reached via a convert|3.5|mi|km|1|sing=on hike from the Dike Bridge or by four-wheel drive vehicle.


External Links

* [ The Trustees of Reservations: Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge] Includes visiting information.

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