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Minot's Ledge Lighthouse
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Water TransportationEra: 1860-1869DateCreated: 1860Minots LedgeScituateState: MACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Minot-s-Ledge-Lighthouse/Creator: Totten, Joseph , Cook, John

Minot's Ledge is a wave-swept rock formation in a rocky area of ocean about a mile off the Cohasset shore near Boston. Numerous serious shipwrecks prompted the government to erect a beacon there, and construction began in the summer of 1847.  

The light, constructed on tall iron legs, was put into operation on January 1, 1850. Designers believed that the water would flow freely through the legs, leaving the lighthouse intact. But a terrible winter storm toppled it in 1851, killing the two assistant keepers.  

YearAdded:
1977
Image Credit: Public Domain (United States Coast Guard)Image Caption: Minot's Ledge LighthouseEra_date_from: 1860
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