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Butler Flats Light Station, Est. 1898 by Poete100

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Butler Flats Light Station, Est. 1898 by 

Lighthouses of New Bedford, Massachusetts USA #1

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from the shore along East Rodney French Boulevard, and from the ferries leaving New Bedford for Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk

Butler Flats Light was first lighted on April 30, 1898, replacing the light atop Fort Taber at Clark’s Point. Noted artist, author and engineer, Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915), designed Butler Flats Light. Smith is also credited with building the breakwaters at Block Island, the sea wall at Governor’s Island, New York, and the foundation for the Statue of Liberty. The first light keeper was Capt. Amos C. Baker, Jr., a retired New Bedford whaling master who served from 1898 to 1911. His son, Charles A. Baker served as light keeper from 1911 to 1941

Nikon D90-Nikkor 18-200mm lens,f/10, exposure time 1/320 sec,
ISO-200, focal length 200mm, max aperture 5, no flash




  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    Please see description for Info on the Lighthouse

    Since I’ve been doing serious photography Palm Sunday was the clearest and best day to photograph this lighthouse and I’ve been trying for a time without satisfaction and on Palm Sunday I captured it without overexposing or underexposing it for the first time to my satisfaction…thank you very much!!!

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago

    Beautiful image Lorraine….can you take a boat out to the lighthouse ?

  • You can take a Harbor tour that will take you out of the hurricane barrier and see the Lighthouse and other Points of Interest and I’m going to be doing this in the summer…Don’t know why I’ve waited so long to decide…I’m becoming morre adventurous since my photography!!! Thanks Thomas!!!

    – Poete100

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago

    Looks like lots of fun and the lighting possibilities for different moods should be good more many trips out their.

  • Yes, It’s a very interesting landmark!!! (-;)

    – Poete100

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot of this interesting off shore lighthouse. Excellent lighting and color…super work. (I love those lighthouse cruises…taken quite a few of them…on the Great Lakes and in Maine in particular…great way to see and photograph all the off shore lights…plus you often get interesting views of lights along the shore.)

  • OH! Jack Ryan…I’m so glad you saw my post…You’re the Lighthouse photgographer and I’m so glad you like it…That was a long time in trying to get a great shot!!! Thanks so much for commenting!

    – Poete100

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    Hiding in plain sight…I never knew it was there…
    and that is looking to the right of Butler’s Flats
    way out passed the Pier and still a long stretch…
    On the clearest day I’ve seen…it was Palm Sunday
    I looked out on Buzzards’ Bay Channel and “Voila”
    I call it the Ghost Lighthouse… — at Fort Tabor.

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    lovely shot, colours are very prettyxx

  • Thank you so much my friend!!! xx

    – Poete100

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 1 year ago

    this is magnific work !!!!

  • Always appreciate your comments Guen…thank you!!!

    – Poete100

  • Janone
    Janoneover 1 year ago

    Nicely captured, Lorraine. It looks

  • It better be waterproof…it’s been there 119 years!!! (-:)

    – Poete100

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago


  • Awesome…Thanks so much Thomas!!!

    – Poete100

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 1 year ago

    Nice image Lorraine.

  • Thank you very much Warren!!!

    – Poete100

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