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Minot's Ledge Light (Minot Ledge Light)
Cohasset, Massachusetts

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General Information
Date Established: 1850
Date Present Tower Built: 1860
Date Automated: 1947
Height of Tower: 114 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 85 ft.


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Open to Public?: This lighthouse is not open to the public. Although it can be seen from land in the towns of Cohasset and Scituate, it is best seen by boat.

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Minots Ledge, one of the greatest threats to shipping on the East Coast, located off the coast of Cohasset, MA, has been responsible for dozens of shipwrecks. Unfortunately, technology for building a lighthouse that could withstand open-sea conditions was not available until the mid-1800's. The first lighthouse on Minots Ledge was built in 1850, and was made of cast-iron and built in a skeletal style. However, this lighthouse only lasted about a year and cost the lives of its 2 keepers. The Minots Ledge Light standing today was built in 1860, and engineers built it by copying the interlocking granite-block construction method used to build Bell Rock Lighthouse of England. The Light took 2,300 tons of granite to build, and its tower is in a conical style. The original 2nd-order Fresnel lens was replaced with a modern optic when the light was automated in 1947. Minots Ledge Light has been successfully withstanding stormy New England weather ever since 1860. Its light is visible from 10 miles away.

Additional Information from katesims:

Two additional bits of info --- Minot Light is known as the I-LOVE-YOU light because the signal is 1-4-3. The day I took the boat trip they said it's considered one of the Lighthouse Service's 10 greatest engineering feats.

Photo Credits: katesims (#1-2)

Submitted by: minots_ledger Date posted: Thu Aug 2, 2007 Views: 3370