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Aquinnah, MA - Gay Head Lighthouse

Gay Head Light. The first light, a 47-foot octagonal tower, was built in 1799. The lantern was lowered 14 feet in the early 19th century to get the light under the fog and again by 3 feet during a major rebuilding in 1838. By the 1850s, the tower was in disrepair and close to the cliff's edge, so the current tower was started in 1854 and lit in 1856. It was equipped with a first-order Fresnel lens, standing about 12 feet tall and weighing several tons (tonnes). In 1952, a Carlisle & Finch DCB-224 aero beacon replaced the Fresnel lens. The original lens is in a replica lantern at the Martha's Vineyard Museum in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
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Aquinnah, MA - Gay Head Lighthouse