Nobska Lighthouse

Nobska Lighthouse (HM29PU)

Location: Falmouth, MA 02543 Barnstable County
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N 41° 30.9', W 70° 39.333'

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Latitude 41 30’ 54” N Longtitude 70 39’ 20”

Since 1828 Nobska Light has provided a familiar beacon for "all who go down to the sea in ships". 87 feet above sea level, Nobska's flash every six seconds is visible 17 miles out to sea. This 28,000 candlepower light used a 1000-watt lamp magnified by a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. The red section visible on the east side of the lantern house warns ships away from Hedge Fence and L'Hommedieu Shoals south of the Cape.

The present tower is 42 feet high and was constructed in 1876. It was built to replace the original "Nobsque" light, a stone cottage with a light tower on top which had stood since 1828. The present tower is made of a cast iron shell lined with brick. It was built in Chelsea, Massachusetts and transported to Cape Cod in four sections.

The front half of the current "keeper's house" was also built in 1876. Originally painted dark maroon-brown, it had a covered walkway to the tower attached in 1899 and a second "assistant keepers house" added in 1907. Over the years, windows, doors, porches and walkways have come and gone and the color has been changed to the classic Coast Guard white with red roof.

Nobska Light became part of the Coast Guard in 1939, when the U.S. Light House Service merged with the Coast Guard. Despite this change, the keepers of the light remained civilians until Mr. Hindley retired in 1973



when active duty Coast Guard keepers took up the duty.

In 1983,Nobska Light was automated. The two keepers houses were joined and became the quarters for Commander Coast Guard Group Woods Hole and his family. The Woods Hole Group serves the mainland and islands from Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Rhode Island/Connecticut state line.
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HM NumberHM29PU
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Date Added Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 361852 N 4597252
Decimal Degrees41.51500000, -70.65555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.9', W 70° 39.333'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 54" N, 70° 39' 19.98" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159 Church St, Falmouth MA 02543, US
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