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Boston Light in 1789

A scarce view of Boston Light, one of the few obtainable 18th-century views of an American lighthouse.  The original Boston Light was built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It was the first lighthouse built within the future United States, but was destroyed by the British as they evacuated the town […]

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Cape Cod Light sailing directions broadside, ca. 1797

Cape Cod Light sailing directions, published in 1797 by the Boston Marine Society. A remarkable survival and a great New England maritime rarity, with only one other impression located. The lighthouse was erected by order of Congress in Truro in 1797, to guide sailors in the difficult and shifting waters around the outer extremities of Cape Cod. On […]

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IRON LIGHT HOUSE, ON MINOT’S LEDGE, OFF COHASSET, MASS BAY. Boston: T[homas] O. Walker, [1851?]

Dramatic view of the first Minots Ledge Light

A rare and rather dramatic lithographic view of the first Minots Ledge Light off the Massachusetts coast, constructed in 1850 and destroyed little over a year later.  Minots Ledge is a fully-submerged ledge a mile off the coasts of Cohasset and Scituate, Massachusetts. After lighthouse inspector Isaiah William Penn Lewis reported that over 40 ships […]

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