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Lighthouses on Cape Ann in Massachusetts

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A November 2003 trip to Massachusetts by Mary Dickinson

Annisquam Lighthouse Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: The New England lighthouses are always associated with quaint little villages and touristy summer places. This is especially true of Cape Ann lights.

Annisquam Lighthouse

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Annisquam Lighthouse Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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At the mouth of the Annisquam River on the northwestern side of Cape Ann, the Annisquam Lighthouse warns the fishing boats, yachts, and other pleasure boats of a dangerous sand bar and informs them they are entering the river from Ipswich Bay. Wigwam Point in Annisquam, MA, where the light is located is an area of beautiful homes built on a hill overlooking the ocean. There are many boat tours of the Cape Ann Lighthouses, especially in the summer months, but you will miss the quaint little antiquated village of Annisquam, enjoyed by many famous artists and writers, Winslow Homer and Rudyard Kipling to name a few. The keeper’s house, presently occupied by a coast guard and his family, wa...Read More

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Annisquam Lighthouse
Narwood Hieghts Rd.
Gloucester

Straightsmouth Lighthouse

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Straightsmouth Llighthouse Photo, Massachusetts, United States
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Route 127 from Rt 128 in Gloucester, MA leads directly to the little waterfront village of Rockport, MA. We stopped at the Old Granite Wharf, a historic site near the village to view the area around Rockport Harbor and fell in love with the town. From the wharf we could see it in the distance. Located on a hill overlooking the harbor, the touristy commercial stores on Main St with the residential area beyond, including two church steeples, looked like a nostalgic scene in a beautiful painting of a New England seaport. Looking east, out to sea, we could see the Straightsmouth Lighthouse. The land under it looks long and flat and juts way out into the ocean. The lighthouse, built in 1896...Read More

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Twin Lights on Thatcher's Island Photo, Rockport, Massachusetts
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All the Cape Ann lighthouses are not open to the public except for the north tower of the Twin Lights on Thatcher Island. Because it is three quarters of a mile off shore, the only way to get to the island is by boat. The Thatcher’s Island Boat Launch can be found on the eastside of the inner harbor in Rockport and is only in operation during the summer months. If you’re interested, try to make reservations ahead of time. They are the only twin lights still in operation on the American coasts. The first twin lights were built here in 1771 because of a reef, called the Londoner, one half mile off shore. It got its name from ships going to or from London crashing into it. We were ...Read More

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Twin Lights on Thatcher's Island
Thatcher's Island
Rockport, Massachusetts

Eastern Point Lighthouse

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Eastern Point Lighthouse Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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We decided to see the Cape Ann lighthouses in November. The only boat going out of Gloucester Harbor in view of Cape Ann and willing to take passengers was the Horizon’s Edge Casino Cruise. We were okay with that and went aboard. Slowly the boat made its way out of Gloucester Harbor and gave us a great show. As the Gloucester Breakwater Light came into view it looked like a little country chapel with a light bulb on top sitting on a big square platform on top of stilts. Built in 1903 after the construction of a beautiful 2200’ breakwater, topped with a long walkway of huge cut stone, it warns the sailor about the dangerous Dog Bar Reef. Tourists are allowed to walk the breakwater and fish...Read More

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Eastern Point Lighthouse
Eastern Point Boulevard
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Ten Pound Lighthoue

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Ten Pound Lighthoue Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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From Fishermen’s Memorial Monument looking out over Gloucester Harbor you can get a distant but beautiful view of the Ten Pound Island Lighthouse. Its purpose is to guide boats into the inner harbor. The lighthouse and the oil house near it were completely restored in 1989. Its automated light flashing six seconds on six seconds off is an active tool to navigation. The 30’ cast iron brick-lined tower was built in 1881. The previous tower was made of stone and is in some of Winslow Homer’s scenes of Gloucester Harbor. He was boarding at the lighthouse in 1880 and painted 50 seascapes during that time. We were able to view it up close, as we passed on the Horizon’s Edge Casi...Read More

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Ten Pound Lighthoue
Ten Pound Island
Gloucester