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Palmer Island Light - New Bedford, MA Night Light
Palmer Island Light lies on the west end of New Bedford Harbor at the mouth of the Acushnet River on a spit of land which was once an island of several acres.
The picturesque light was created created out of rubble and first lit at a time when New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world and the many ships entering the harbor needed a beacon to help them steer clear of Butler Flats.
The island from which the light draws its name has a tragic history dating back to the earliest Colonial Days when it was used as an internment camp for indians during the King Phillip's War.
The light's own tragic past includes includes the loss of the keeper's wife during the Great Hurricane of 1938. Her husband was swept off the light by a giant wave and she went out in a small boat to attempt a rescue. He survived. She did not.
Palmer Island light endured decades of vandalism and neglect and has only recently been the focus of restoration efforts reflective of its role in the rich maritime history of New Bedford and its harbor.
Plastic Frame and Body
4 watt bulb included
Glow vent casts light upward
Adjustable tines to fit any socket
Approximate Night Light Dimensions 3.375" (w) x 4.125" (h) x 2.5" (d)