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Cape Cod Heavy Maritime Travel Cape Pogue Lighthouse

In the single year 1854, the keeper of the Cape Pogue Lighthouse (located on Chappaquiddick Island, Martha’s Vineyard) reported that 20,156 vessels passed Cape Cod (no doubt some of these were repeats). What a difference the Cape Cod Canal would have made to most of these vessels.

During the early 1800s, the waters around Martha’s Vineyard were among the busiest in the world. Cape Poge Lighthouse was built in 1801 to guide ships around the point. The years since 1801 have seen two reconstructions. The present white wooden structure was built in 1893; it is sixty-five feet above sea level and has a six-second flashing white light, which is visible for nine miles.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 01/23/06
Categories: HistoryMartha's VineyardPlaces
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