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Whaleback Light
Kittery, Maine
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Mouth of the Piscataqua River. Nearest town: Kittery
43 03 31 N
70 41 48 W
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Accessibility: This lighthouse can be seen from many spots on shore, including Fort Foster in Kittery, Fort Constitution, Fort Stark, and Great Island Common in New Castle, NH, and Odiorne Point in Rye, NH. The lighthouse is accessible only by boat and is closed to the public.
Station established: 1830; Present lighthouse built: 1872; Automated: 1963
Construction material: Granite
Height of tower: 50 feet; Height of focal plane: 59 feet
Earlier optic: Fourth-order Fresnel; Present optic: VLB-44 (2009)

Photo by Deane Rykerson
Characteristic: Two white flashes every 10 seconds.

Fog signal: Two blasts every 30 seconds. The fog signal is radio activated. During times of reduced visibility, mariners are requested to turn their VHF-FM radio to channel 83A/157.175MHZ. By keying their microphone five times consecutively, while on channel 83A, this will activate the fog signal for 45 minutes.
Click here to hear the fog signal at Whaleback Light
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation
Owned by:
American Lighthouse Foundation
P.O. Box 565
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207) 594-4174
Managed by:
Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses
P.O. Box 8232
Portsmouth, NH 03802-8232
Related Links:
Town of Kittery homepage
Alexander Parris Digital Project
Tides.Info: Tide Predictions for Kittery Point

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