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Whaleback Ledge Lighthouse,
Kittery Point, ME
*Dates of operation~~ 1872-present
*Building Material~~ Granite Blocks
*Tower~~ 50 feet
*Elevation~~ 9 feet above sea level
*Markings~~ Natural stone
*Light Pattern~~ Two white flashes every 10 seconds, (24-hours a day pattern)
*Existing Buildings~~ Keeper's quarters (integral to tower)
*Automated~~ 1963
*Original Lens~~ Fourth Order Fresnel
*Current Lens~~ VLB-44 LED, solar powered
*Open to Public?~~ No
*Current Owner~~
American Lighthouse Foundation
*Waterway Location~~ Portsmouth, NH harbor at the mouth of the Piscataqua River
*Significant Feature~~ In 1991, the Coast Guard had to reduce the volume of the fog
signal due to the structural damage the blasts caused to the lighthouse tower. In 2009, a
new fog sound signal system was installed. The first of its kind in the State of Maine, the
sound signal system allows a passing mariner to
manually activate the foghorn through
his/her VHF radio.


 LINKS
Jeremy D'Entremont's Lighthouse info and history
http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/whaleback.html

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

Account of American Lighthouse Foundation's 2006 visit to the lighthouse
http://lighthousefoundation.org/alf_lights/whaleback/wbl_sitevisit_06feb21.htm

New England Lighthouse Wallpaper Guide's lighthouse info page
http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/maine/Whaleback.html

Cyberlights' Whaleback page w/ amateur video of lighthouse
http://www.cyberlights.com/lh/maine/whaleback.htm
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