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Burnt Coat Harbor Light

Location: at the tip of Hockamock Head - South Side of Swans Island near Swans Island, ME
Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Source: USBeacons

About Burnt Coat Harbor Light


The location of the light is at the tip of Hockamock Head - South Side of Swans Island. The nearest city is Swans Island, ME. The station was first established in 1872. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1872.

The lighthouse is a white square tower.

The tower has a occulting white light at a focal plane height of 75 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 9 nautical miles. The tower height is 75 ft. The light has a period of 4 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Grounds Only    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-2700 (U.S.)

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society had a detailed article about the early history of this lightstation in their 2006-2007 issue of their Chebacco magazine.

NOAA Nautical Chart 13313

An 'occulting' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is longer than the total duration of darkness and the interval of darkness (eclipses) are usually of equal duration. So in the 4 second period, the light is on for more than 2 then off for less than 2.

Burnt Coat Harbor Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 21, 1988, reference number 87002272.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:23 am
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset: 4:24 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:06 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

Small Craft Advisory is in effect until January 21 at 5:00AM EST by NWS
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST SUNDAY... * Winds and Seas...West winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 5 to 8 feet.

Additional Conditions.

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