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Spectacle Island Range Lights (site)

Location: Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor near Boston, MA

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About Spectacle Island Range Lights (site)

The location of the light was Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. The nearest city is Boston, MA. The station was first established in 1897. The final lighthouse was first lit in 1897.

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

The Spectacle Island Range Lights were a pair of range lights on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. They were established in 1897 and discontinued in 1913 after changes in the entrance channels to the harbor made them obsolete.

In 1892 the Lighthouse Board made a case for range lights on Spectacle Island. The money was appropriated in 1895 and the lights were lit on May 20, 1897.

The Spectacle Range Lights were often confused with the Broad Sound Channel Inner Range Lights which were built on the same island in 1903.

In 1904 the Spectacle Lights were moved 15 feet to the South onto new masonry foundations. The towers were repainted. The lower and upper thirds were painted white while the middle third was painted red.

In 1913 it was decided that the Spectacle Range lights were obsolete. The shipping channel had moved and the lights no longer served their purpose. Local groups protested believing it was the Broad Sound lights that were going to be extinguished. It was clarified which lights were going to be deactivated and the lights were extinguished on July 15, 1913.

Front focal height was 29 feet
Rear focal height was 54 feet

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