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Off Gay Head - Aquinnah, MA - Devil's Bridge Night Light
Between Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard and The Elizabeth Islands lies a treacherous stretch of submerged ledge known as The Devil's Bridge.
Its fearsome reputation among coastal pilots, skippers, and sailors and the record of lives, ships and cargoes lost on this jagged reef were the driving force behind the building of the Gay Head Lighthouse and the nearby U.S. Lifesaving Service Station at Aquinnah on the Southwest tip of Martha's Vineyard.
The greatest tragedy to occur on this ledge was the sinking of the S.S. City of Columbus, which struck the jagged ledge on a dark January night in 1884. Of the 45 crew and officers and 87 passengers aboard, only 29 survived.
Those that were rescued, owed their lives to the heroic efforts of Gay Head Lighthouse keeper Horatio Peale and a number of Wampanoag Indians who braved the freezing waters to rescue men hanging from the rigging. They were aided in these efforts by the passing revenue Cotter, The Dexter.
It was considered one of the worst maritime disasters of the period.
Plastic Frame and Body
4 watt bulb included
Glow vent casts light upward
Adjustable tines to fit any socket
Approximate Night Light Dimensions 4.125" (w) x 3.375 (h) x 2.5" (d)