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Chatham Light
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Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Chatham Light
Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Chatham Harbor, southeast corner of Cape Cod; Nearest town: Chatham
41 40 17 N
69 57 01 W
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Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation
Station established: 1808; Current lighthouse tower built: 1877 ; Automated: 1982
Contruction materials: Cast iron with brick lining; Tower height: 48 feet; Height of focal plane: 80 feet
Original optic: Fourth order Fresnel (1857); Current optic: DCB-224
Characteristic: Group flashing white - two flashes every 10 seconds.
Accessibility: This is an active Coast Guard station. The lighthouse is not open to the public except by special arrangement and during open house dates offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Click here for the 2013 schedule.


RULES: CHILDREN UNDER 5 NOT ALLOWED ABOVE BASE
Proper footwear required. Free admission. Reservations not required.

NOTE: Climbing the lighthouse requires significant physical exertion on 44 steps followed by 8 steps on a ladder. Anyone not wishing to climb is welcome to visit the base of the lighthouse for a brief history.

Related sites
Chatham Historical Society
Cape Cod Online
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