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We’re traveling to Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts this week to tour the historic Duxbury Pier Lighthouse! If you have visited this lighthouse before, or captured a photo of it from your boat, we would love to hear your stories and see your photos! Share them with us on our EdgeWater Boats Facebook page!
Massachusetts locals refer to the lighthouse as the Duxbury Light or the “Bug Light.” The lighthouse was built in 1871 in Plymouth Harbor’s main channel to warn mariners of a shoal off of Saquish Head. Duxbury Light earned its nickname, “Bug Light” due to its strange coffee pot shape.
The original Duxbury Light was built with three levels: one for living quarters, a watchroom, and the lantern room. The lighthouse was first lit on September 15, 1871! Later in 1886, more than 100 tons of stones were ordered to be placed around its base in order to protect it from hurricanes and severe thunderstorms that the Massachusetts Coast was prone to. It survived the hurricane of 1944 and its 30-foot waves attacking the coast with minimal damage. The lighthouse no longer need a keeper after its automation in 1964.
The lighthouse has received renovations in the 1980s and in 2001. Historically the Duxbury Light is known as the first sparkplug lighthouse in the United States of America. A sparkplug lighthouse is a form of caisson lighthouse. Both architectural forms are noted for their unusual shapes. A typical sparkplug lighthouse is built with three stories for living, and its lantern is placed on top of the living quarters. They are also commonly built atop a cassion in open water.