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2016 Cape Ann Guide

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Experience Cape Ann 2016-2017 36 Six iconic lighthouses have been built along the Cape Ann coastline to protect seafarers from rocky shores and shoals. They offer historians and romantics alike a glimpse into Cape Ann's maritime lore and legacy. Lighthouses are a comfort to mariners to this day, and despite the use of GPS and electronic aids for navigation, they still symbolize home and safety. The Lighthouses of Cape Ann For more information visit Annisquam Harbor Lighthouse White light fashing every 7.5 seconds with red sector. Annisquam Harbor Lighthouse (Annisquam Light) was erected in 1801 to mark the entrance to the Annisquam River at Wigwam Point, a popular Native American summer encampment. The river connected Ipswich Bay to Gloucester Harbor following the construction of the Blynman Canal. Annisquam Light's wooden frame was replaced with the existing 41 foot brick tower, focal plane of 45 feet, in 1897. The quaint lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard and is no longer accessible from the nearby village of Annisquam in Gloucester. Best viewing opportunities are by water or from Wingaersheek Beach. Straightsmouth Island Lighthouse Green light fashing every 6 seconds. Straightsmouth Island Lighthouse (Straitsmouth Light) was built in 1835 to mark the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor. The present brick lighthouse was built in 1896 with a height of 37 feet and a focal plane of 46 feet. The relatively small lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, but the island itself is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Directions: The light is easily viewed from the tip of Bearskin Neck in downtown Rockport. Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses (Twin Lights) A National Historic Landmark White light fashing fve times at 20 second intervals. Also known as Cape Ann Light Station, the Twin Lights are the only surviving multiple lights on the coasts of the United States. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in (1771 or 1789), making them among the oldest of America's lighthouses. The stout 124-foot granite towers (with a focal plane of 166 feet) seen today replaced the original lights in 1861. The two towers, North and South, were constructed and placed so that when a ship puts sights on both towers, they point to true north, allowing sailors to check and adjust their compasses. The Thacher Island Association provides a free boat service from Rockport Harbor to the island during the summer, with advance reservations. For more information, go to Directions: Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport. The island may be viewed from several locations in Rockport and Gloucester, including Loblolly Cove , Pebble, Good Harbor and Long Beaches. ©Arlene Taliadoros ©Dwight Hebert

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