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Cape Cod (Highland) Light

Location: the east side of Cape Cod near North Truro, MA
Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Cape Cod (Highland) Light

The location of the light is the east side of Cape Cod. The nearest city is North Truro, MA. The station was first established in 1797. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1857.

The lighthouse is a white conical tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 183 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 18 nautical miles. The tower height is 170 ft. The light has a period of 5 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-500 (U.S.)

Emergency light of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished. Lighted throughout 24 hours.

The Highland Light is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod.

NOAA Nautical Chart 13246

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 5 second period, the light is on for less than 2.5 then off for more than 2.5.

Cape Cod (Highland) Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1987, reference number 87001463.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:25 am
Sunrise: 7:03 am
Sunset: 4:41 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:18 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

Gale Warning is in effect until January 23 at 8:00PM EST by NWS
...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EST THIS EVENING... * WINDS AND SEAS...South winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 6 to 11 feet.

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