cast-iron staircase with 50 steps. A ladder passes through
the iron bulkhead visible above the stairs.
Tower and Keeper's House prior to 1890s renovation. Major dimensions remain the
same, except the brick workroom is no longer connected to the house. The first
32 feet of the tower are common red brick.
Eight red stripes alternate with seven white stripes. The stripes
are about 25 inches wide. The bottom stripe and the top stripe are
The tower has two windows of glass brick on the east side (facing
the sea). These windows are about 40 inches wide and 30 inches
wide. The lower window starts at the top of the first white
stripe. The upper window starts at the top of the sixth white
Statistical data relating to the lighthouse tower and the light:
· Tower 49 feet (15 meters) high.
· Tower diameter at base, 16 feet (4.88 meters), at top 14 feet
· Tower construction: red brick. Additional courses (veneer) added
· Center of lantern 83 feet (25.3 meters) above sea level.
1000 watt bulb, 30,000 candlepower.
· Visible 15-18 miles (24-29 kilometers) at sea.
· Light flashes (does not revolve) 24 hours per day, in this
2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 9 seconds
· Automated in 1988 ~ still a working lighthouse.
· 50 step circular stairway, then 10 rung ladder to top.
· Lens: Third order Fresnel (about 5½ feet or 1.68 meters) tall.
· Illumination: Originally oil from sperm whales; to lard oil in
to kerosene about 1880; to electricity in 1932.
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