Coast Guard to disassemble tower behind Nobska Lighthouse Monday

Tower is no longer in use
The United States Coast Guard will disassemble the steel tower behind Nobska Lighthouse on Monday. Photo by John Fitts.

The United States Coast Guard announced that on Monday, a crew will be disassembling the 120 foot steel tower behind the Nobska Point Lighthouse in Woods Hole. The tower, according to a USCG release is no longer in service.

Neither the lighthouse or the adjacent building will be disturbed during the disassembly.

In February, the USCG announced plans to sell the lighthouse and keeper's home. A major restoration plan was initially considered for 2013. Tours of the iconic lighthouse were limited. For the 2014 season, scheduled tours have been canceled altogether, according to Jeff Thomas of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Although there is no specific date set, the Nobksa property will be added to the GSA (US General Services Administration) Real Property Utilization and Disposal list. The GSA list currently contains five lighthouse, the closest of which is the Bulter Flats Light in New Bedford.

According to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the first lighthouse built on the Nobska property was a wooden structure in 1828. The first Fresnel lens was installed in 1841 and in 1876, the current structure replaced the first wooden structure. Through the years, the lighthouse was operated by both civilian and Coast Guard keepers. In 1985 the light was automated and there was no longer a need for a full-time keeper. The Auxiliary has given public tours of the lighthouse since 1994.

Last August, Paul Rifkin shared an eye-opening tour of Nobska from the top.


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