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Baker's Island Light
Salem, Massachusetts

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General Information
Date Established: 1798
Date Present Tower Built: 1820
Height of Tower: 59 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 111 ft.

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Description
Baker's Island has had a lighthouse since 1798. Originally, there were two wooden towers but they were damaged by a storm in 1815 and replaced by an octagonal granite tower that still stands on the island.

The lighthouse has a red and white flash every 10 seconds and stands atop Baker's Island a few miles from the mouth of Salem Harbor. The lighthouse can be distantly seen from land and is only accessible by boat.

The station has a Victorian keeper's and assistant keepers residences that were built in 1878 that are presently leased as summer residences.

The lighthouse is very well preserved and was made available for transfer in 2002. In 2005, the transfer to the Essex National Heritage Committee was approved. In 2006, a group of Baker's Island land owners formed the Bakers Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and challenged the Essex National Hertiage Committee in what was probably an effort to block any public access to Baker's Island. In October that year a judge ruled against the Baker's Island group but the transfer has yet to take place.

As a side note, as of when this contribution to the data base was added, this was the 500th light to be added to the database.


Submitted by: lighthousephoto Date posted: Thu Aug 6, 2009 Views: 1695