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Name: Derby Wharf Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Location: Salem Harbor


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Photo: Jeffrey D. Watson

Managing Organization:
Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Telephone: 978-740-1650

Website: http://www.nps.gov/sama
Email: SAMA _Administration@nps.gov

Contact Address Information:
174 Derby Street
Salem
Massachusetts, 01970, United States

Notes:
Because of its proximity to the town itself, this lighthouse never had a resident keeper; it was maintained by caretakers until its automation in 1917. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1977 and was then relighted in 1983 as a private aid to navigation.

Tower Height: 23

Height of Focal Plane: 25

Characteristic and Range: Flashing red every six seconds

Description of Tower: White, square brick tower with black cast iron lantern

This light is operational

Date Established: 1871

Date Present Tower Built: 1871

Date Deactivated: 1977-1983

Optics: Sixth order Fresnel lens; now 155 mm, solar powered

Current Use: Private aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Directions:
From downtown Salem, follow Hawthorne Blvd. to Derby Street and turn left. The lighthouse is at the end of Derby Wharf, across from the old Customs House.

Keepers: Robert Peele Jr. (1873-1885); John Lynch (1885-1905); Shepley Paul Sawyer (1905-1908); Charles L. Wales (1908-1911), N. C. Tedford (1911-1913), William M. Osgood (1913?-1917)

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