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Boston Light
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Boston Lighthouse holds a place of honour in
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over the centuries to the wharves in the deep and
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spacious harbour of Boston. Not only was it the first
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light established on the North American continent,
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it is the only lighthouse that retains an official
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keeper, despite a tragic history.
Records show that a beacon was erected as early
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as 1673: a simple structure supporting an open iron
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basket in which fire bales of pitch and ochre were
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burned. In 1715 the Colony of Massachusetts Bay Charter and Charter 73
constructed a light tower which was lit by first keep-
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er, George Worthylake, on Friday, 14 September
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1716. It was the first lighthouse in the New World
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and one of only seventy in existence in the whole
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world. It was financed by a tax of a penny a ton on
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all vessels entering and leaving the harbour; fishing
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boats and local traders paid five shillings annually.
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Worthylake lived in the lighthouse with his wife
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and two daughters, on an initial salary of £50 per HMY 56, 69
year, and kept sheep on Great Brewster Island, although 59 of
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his flock were caught on the long sand spit off Great Brewster
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during a 1717 storm, and drowned when the tide came in.
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The following year, returning from a trip to Boston to
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collect his pay, Worthylake boarded a sloop bound for Boston
Light, accompanied by his wife, daughter Ruth and a friend.
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The sloop anchored near Little Brewster Island a few minutes
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past noon, and Shadwell, their slave, paddled out in a canoe to
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transfer the party to the island. Then tragedy struck: the canoe Rapsody Yachts 77
capsized, and all five drowned.
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Robert Saunders, a former sloop captain, became Boston
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Light’s second keeper on a temporary basis, but apparently
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drowned only a few days after taking the job.
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Boston Light was destroyed in the revolution by the British
as they left the area on 13 June 1776. One of their final acts
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was to set off a timed charge on Little Brewster, completely
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destroying the lighthouse; remains of the metal lantern were
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used to make ladles for American cannons. The Yacht Corporation 78
The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1783, making the tower the
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second oldest to New Jersey Sandy Hook, built in 1764. The
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exact dimensions of the original stone tower aren’t known, but
it’s believed it was at least 50 feet tall.
As it stands today, rising 89 feet above the rocky south
side of Little Brewster, flanked by a white clapboard keeper’s
dwelling, the two million-candle power light, visible for
sixteen miles, can be seen shining twenty-four hours a day as a
reminder of the inextinguishable American spirit.
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