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Wellfleet - Mayo's Beach Light Night Light

$25.00 USD
In the 1830s, the fishermen of Wellfleet, MA felt the town's resurgence as a fishing port necessitated a second light be built at the head of Wellfleet Bay to go...
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    In the 1830s, the fishermen of Wellfleet, MA felt the town's resurgence as a fishing port necessitated a second light be built at the head of Wellfleet Bay to go with Billingsgate Light which had been erected in 1822 on Billingsgate Island at the mouth of Wellfleet Harbor.
    From the outset, the idea was beset by problems. First, the actual need for the light was questioned. Once it was built, the accompanying house was a source of constant complaint by those who manned it. The lamp too was judged to be either insufficient or too strong.
    In 1878, the light was relocated and rebuilt with a cast-iron tower. The attached house was scrapped and a new one constructed. Still, the light had problems with birds flying into and frequently breaking the tower's glass.
    Finally in 1922, the Federal government decided the light was no longer worth the trouble and it was sold at auction. What happened next was for 80 years a mystery as the light tower disappeared and the victorian keeper's house remained.
    Finally, some lighthouse sleuthing uncovered the cast-iron tower's whereabouts at Point Montara in California where it found a new home and continues to serve its intended purpose.
        • Plastic Frame and Body
        • UL listed
        • 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)
        • Interior Image Area 3.5" (w) x 2.75"(h)

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