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West Chop Lighthouse,
Tisbury, MA (Martha's Vineyard)
*Dates of operation~~ 1891-present
*Building Material~~ Brick
*Tower~~ 52 feet
*Elevation~~ 38 feet above sea level
*Markings~~ White w/black lantern
*Light Pattern~~ Flashing white every four seconds with 1 red sector
*Existing Buildings~~ Keeper's quarters, sound building, oil house, storage building,
garage
*Automated~~ 1976
*Original Lens~~ Fourth Order Fresnel
*Current Lens~~ Original remains in use
*Open to Public?~~ No
*Current Owner~~ USCG
*Waterway Location~~ Entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor from Vineyard Sound
*Significant Feature~~ The last Martha's Vineyard lighthouse to be automated, West
Chop's keeper for a number of years was required to periodically check on other
automated Vineyard lighthouses, (Cape Pogue,
Edgartown, and East Chop). The keeper's
quarters now serves as recreational housing for the Coast Guard. Area originally known
as "Holmes Hole".

     LINKS
Jeremy D'Entremont's lighthouse info and history
http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/west-chop.html

National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/history/maritime/light/westchop.htm

New England Lighthouse Wallpaper Guide's lighthouse info
http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/mass/WestChop.html

Seamond (Ponsart) Roberts's amusing account of the "Nasty West Chop Poultry."
http://www.jacksjoint.com/geese.htm

Keeper's wife Emma Ponsart's Maine Coast Fisherman newspaper articles
http://www.jacksjoint.com/lighthouseletters.htm
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