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Name: Deer Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Winthrop, Massachusetts, United States

Location: Just south of Deer Island, Boston Harbor.


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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont

Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

Notes:
After it was automated, the original (1890) lighthouse fell into disrepair. It was dismantled by the Coast Guard in 1982 and replaced by a fiberglass tower on the original foundation.

Height of Focal Plane: 51

Characteristic and Range: Alternating red and white flash every 10 seconds, with red sector. White is visible for 14 nautical miles; red is visible for 10 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Brown cylindrical fiberglass tower on cast iron and concrete caisson.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1890: Brown cast iron

Date Established: 1890

Date Present Tower Built: 1983

Date Automated: c. 1960s

Optics: 1890: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now automated plastic optic.

Fog Signal: Originally fog bell; now automated horn with one blast every 10 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Directions:
Deer Island Light can be seen from many cruises leaving Boston Harbor. For information call the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands at (781) 740-4290, Boston Harbor Cruises at (617) 227-4321, or Massachusetts Bay Lines at (617) 542-8000.

Keepers: John Farley (1890); Michael J. Curran (assistant 1890); Ethan Allen (1890-1891); Everett F. Boyd (assistant 1890-1891, head keeper 1891-1892); Nathaniel F. Hooper (assistant 1891); Samuel Liscom (assistant 1891-1892, head keeper 1892-1893) Herbert N. Ranlett (assistant 1892); Alfred Williams (assistant 1892 and 1895); Wesley A. Pingree (assistant 1893-1894, head keeper 1895-1899); William Jamieson (assistant 1896-1899); Frank E. Lowe (assistant 1899-1900); George W. Jaques (1899); Michael Campbell (1899-1900); Howard Parker (1900-1906); George W. Bailey (assistant, 1900-1901); William C. Daggett (assistant, 1901); Reuben D. Weatherbee (assistant, 1901-1902); Frederick W. Freeman (assistant 1902-1905); Murdock Ross Trevoy (assistant 1905-1906); Charles Jordon (1906-1911?); George M. Reamy (assistant, 1906-1907); Charles B. Hill (assistant, 1907); Robert J. Sweeney (assistant 1907-1908); W. F. Morris (assistant 1908-?); Joseph McCabe (assistant 1908-1916, died in service); Elliott C. Hadley (1919-1922); Judson Small (c. 1920s); Tom Small (1931-?); Edmond Louis Arruda (c. early 1940s); Fred Bohm (c. 1940s); Paul Baptiste (Coast Guard, 1952);

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