Hospital Point Range Rear Light
|Year first lit||1927|
|Tower shape||church steeple|
|Markings / pattern||White|
|Focal height||183 feet (56 m)|
The Hospital Point Light was established to help guide ships through Salem Sound. It was originally established as a single light, but in 1927 the beacon from a lightship was used to create a range, with the existing light made the front light. This beacon was set in the steeple of the First Baptist Church, the tallest spire in town; it projects a very narrow beam, only 2° either side of the range course, leading across the northern part of the sound. The church was destroyed in a fire in 1975, but the steeple survived; it was incorporated into the rebuilt church. The light continues in active service.
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