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Down the Breakwater

Carrie Blackwood

East Wakefield, United States

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Eastern Point Light is a private residence, but the breakwater that juts out from the point is public domain. From there, beautiful views of Gloucester Harbor, Eastern Point Light, and the great Atlantic ocean abound.

Gloucester, Massachusetts is a fascinating place, full of bustle and color even in the off-season. Eastern Point Light was a beautiful example of the culture of this community that so depends on it’s coastline and way of life it brings. I hope my image does it justice.

Eastern Point, at the entrance to Gloucester Harbor, has been home to farms, a quarry, a Civil War fort, a number of summer residences and the Eastern Point Yacht Club. One of the most famous locations at Eastern Point is Beauport, a sprawling 40-room mansion that is now open as a museum. Among the visitors entertained at Beauport were Henry James, Amy Lowell, Booth Tarkington, Noel Coward and Eleanor Roosevelt.(Information from New England Lighthouses – A Virtual Guide. )

Eastern Point Light is an historic lighthouse on Cape Ann, in northeastern Massachusetts.

The lighthouse was originally planned in 1829 and was erected by 1832 on the east side of the Gloucester Harbor entrance. It was first lit on January 1, 1832. The tower was rebuilt in 1848 and again in 1890. The third and current conical brick tower stands 36 feet tall. The lighthouse has an attached two-story keeper’s quarters, built in 1879. The actual light is 57 feet (17 meters) above Mean High Water. Its white light is visible for 20 nautical miles.

In 1880, the lighthouse was occupied by American landscape painter Winslow Homer. It was automated by September 1985 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The lighthouse is currently operated by the United States Coast Guard and is closed to the public. (Information from Wikipedia.)

Taken September 2010—Cape Ann, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Taken with Sony Cybershot DSC-H9.

Featured in “Massachusetts Scapes” Group, September 22, 2010.
Featured in “New England Coastal Life” Group, September 26, 2010
Featured in “All About Lighthouses” Group, February 6, 2011.
Top Ten Placement in Challenge, “Roadways, Highways, Stairways and Byways” Group, “Roadway with Red” Challenge, February, 2014.
Featured in “Roadways, Highways, Stairways, and Byways” Group, March 9, 2014.

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