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Name: Borden Flats Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

Location: Mount Hope Bay, mouth of Taunton River.


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Photo: Nick Korstad
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Managing Organization:
Private Owner

Website: http://www.bordenflats.com

Notes:
After the lighthouse was damaged in the hurricane of September 1938, a wider cylindrical caisson was built around the original one. The lighthouse today is very close to the Braga Bridge. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act the lighthouse was sold at auction in 2010 to Nick Korstad. The new owner, who has meticulously restored the lighthouse, had it painted with a distinctive red band. The lighthouse is now open for overnight stays.

Tower Height: 50

Height of Focal Plane: 47

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 2.5 seconds.

Description of Tower: White conical cast iron tower with black cast iron lantern, on cast iron and concrete caisson.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
None

Date Established: 1881

Date Present Tower Built: 1881

Date Automated: 1963

Optics: 1881: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 250 mm.

Fog Signal: 1881:Fog bell (still on site) and striking machinery; 1983: automated horn with one blast every 10 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Directions:
South on I-95: Take Exit 5 (Taunton, North Tiverton) to MA 138 (Broadway); follow Broadway southwest to Bradford Avenue and turn right. Turn right again at Almond Street. Follow to the road's end and turn left into the Borden Light Marina's free parking lot. The lighthouse can be seen to the west of the marina.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Herman Georgy (Georgie?) (1885-1898); Martin Thompson (1898-1905); Joseph Meyer (c. 1905-1912); John H. Paul (1912 -1927); Joseph Covo (1927-1943); John F. McGeough (Coast Guard officer in charge, c. mid-1950s); Calvin B. Davis (Coast Guard, c. mid-1950s); Truman Sawyer (Coast Guard, 1955-1956)

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