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USLHS Historian Video #9 – The second Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse

The first (1850) lighthouse at Minot’s Ledge, on the southern approach to Boston Harbor, was destroyed in an April 1851 storm, taking with it the lives of two young assistant keepers.

The construction of the second tower was one of the great achievements in American lighthouse building. Constructed of 1079 blocks of granite weighing 3514 tons, the light went into service in 1860 and it remains in use today.

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