The sun dips low in the sky and the lighthouse shines it's beam out over the water. Saliors of ships large and small look to shore based light and are glad for it's reassuring light sweeping round and round to give them guidnace. Nauset Light, officially Nauset Beach Light, is a lighthouse in Eastham, Massachusetts. The lighthouse sits above the beach along the National park called the Cape Cod National Seashore. Forty miles of soft sandy beach along with marshes, and ponds which support a wide range of birds. The lighthouse has a cast iron plate shell lined with brick and stands 48 feet high.
Nauset Light was constructed in 1877 and was originally one of two lights in Chatham. It was moved to Eastham in 1923 to replace the Three Sisters of Nauset, three small wood lighthouses that had been decommissioned. They have since been relocated to a small field just west of the Nauset Light.
Due to coastal erosion, by the early 1990s Nauset Light was less than 50 feet from the edge of the 70-foot cliff on which it stood. In 1993, the Coast Guard proposed decommissioning the light. There was a great public outcry. The non-profit Nauset Light Preservation Society was formed and funded and, in 1995, leased the lighthouse from the Coast Guard. It arranged the light's relocation in November 1996 to a location 336 feet (102 m) west of the original one. The move was accomplished successfully by International Chimney Corporation, which had previously moved the larger Highland Light a similar distance.
In 1998, Mary Daubenspeck, who had owned the keeper's house since 1955, agreed to donate it to the National Park Service with the right to live in it for 25 years. It was agreed that the house would be moved from its original location, then only 23 feet from the edge of the cliff, to a new location near the relocated tower. This was accomplished in October, 1998. At about the same time, the Coast Guard gave the tower to the National Park Service and the Nauset Light Preservation Society agreed to maintain it as a private aid to navigation.
March 11th, 2013
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