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1771 - Thacher Island Lighthousesaka Twin Lights, located on Thacher Island off Rockport. The two stone towers were erected to line up to true north, providing a navigation aid to sailors who, even today, can adjust their compasses as they pass by. Twin Lights can be seen from the Back Shore in Gloucester as well as from the Rockport coast. Accessible by boat, visitors can climb the North Tower for spectacular views.
1801 - Annisquam Lighthouselocated in the Annisquam neighborhood of Gloucester. The light marks the northern entrance to the Annisquam River. The grounds are open to the public for photographs, but the fifteen minute parking limit is strictly enforced.
1821 - Ten Pound Island Lighton Ten Pound Island in Gloucester harbor. The small lighthouse can be seen from many vantage points on Gloucester Harbor. Ten Pound Island has a small beach and is accessible only by boat.
1832 - Eastern Point Lighthouselocated at the end of Eastern Point in Gloucester, marks the east side of the entrance to Gloucester Harbor. There is a small parking lot at the end of Eastern Point Boulevard. From there, visitors can walk to the end of Dog Bar Breakwater for a great view and glimpse of the tiny Dog Bar light.
1835 - Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse
on Straitsmouth Island off Rockport. The island is a bird sanctuary and is not accessible to the public. The lighthouse can be viewed from the eastern end of Rockport.
To view these lighthouses as they were meant to be seen-by sea-sign up for a cruise with a local company. Harbor Tours passes all six; you’ll see several from the whale watch boats, the Schooner Lannon, Cape Ann Marina’s River Cruise, and Essex River Cruises.
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