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Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Ten Pound Island Lighthouse

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
1. Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.
Ten Pound Island Lighthouse
Before you stretches Ten Pound Island. In 1821 a lighthouse was built on the island to safely direct sailing ships into Gloucester Harbor. Some of America's greatest works of art were painted by Winslow Homer while staying at the keeper's house in 1880. The lighthouse station was rebuilt in 1881 and continued to serve the maritime community until 1965 when the keeper's house was razed and the tower abandoned. Under the leadership of the Lighthouse Preservation Society, concerned citizens restored and relit the tower on August 5, 1989, in commemoration of America's Lighthouse Bicentennial.
Lighthouse Preservation Society

 
Location. 42° 36.607′ N, 70° 40.197′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Avenue (Massachusetts Route 127) and Middle Street, on the right when traveling north on Western Avenue. Click for map. Located in Stacy Boulevard Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Coast Guard Aviation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
2. Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Marker
Gloucester Korean – Vietnam Veterans Monument (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stacy Esplanade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blynman Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Memorial (approx. mile away); In Honor of Nathaniel Haraden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gloucester World War II Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gloucester.
 
Regarding Ten Pound Island Lighthouse. In the early days, the settlers let sheep graze on the island. There was room for ten paddocks or "pounds" on the island.

Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, 1881. Once a center of Coast Guard activity and known as "Base 7," there were seaplanes based on the island that were used for search and rescue operations. Most of the missions flown by the Coast Guard were actually in search of the notorious and elusive "rum-runners" during the days of Prohibition. One such boat, known as the "Black Duck" was known for its rum-running. Often the Coast Guard planes would follow the "Black Duck" continuously, circling overhead until
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By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
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Ten Pound Island is beyond the marker. The lighthouse which serves vessels in the harbor, not the ocean, is only 30 feet tall. It can be seen in the photo above the marker.
it pulled into port where police had been notified to make arrests and confiscate the liquor. After the Coast Guard vacated the island, it was used for a fish hatchery.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ten Pound Island Light. (Submitted on October 3, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Ten Pound Island Light History. (Submitted on October 3, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Ten Pound Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 17, 2005
4. Ten Pound Island Lighthouse
Closest picture I could get of the light.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   4. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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