Butler Flats Light

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Butler Flats Light

Location: New Bedford Channel near New Bedford, MA
Body of Water: Buzzards Bay
Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

About Butler Flats Light

The location of the light is New Bedford Channel. The nearest city is New Bedford, MA. The station was first established in 1804. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1898.

The lighthouse is a white conical tower on a black cylindrical base.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 53 ft above mean high water. The tower height is 53 ft. The light has a period of 4 seconds.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-16853 (U.S.)
Identification number: J0498 (International)

Following automation in 1978, Butler Flats Light became one of the first solar-powered lights in the nation. The lighthouse is a private aid to navigation.

NOAA Nautical Chart 13237

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 4 second period, the light is on for less than 2 then off for more than 2.

Butler Flats Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1987, reference number 87001530.

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