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Tidepieces - Sankaty Head Light Nantucket Massachusetts - Tide Clock - NAVY

Tidepieces - Sankaty Head Light Nantucket Massachusetts - Tide Clock - NAVY

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  • Handcrafted by local artisan, Alan Winick, this tide clock has the image of Sankaty Head Light and the ocean tide that rises and falls as the actual tide in your location goes from high to low.
    • The Sankaty Head Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket island.
    • It was built in 1850, was automated in 1965, and is still in operation.
    • It is located at the easternmost point of the island, in the village of Siasconset.
    • It was one of the first lighthouses in the United States to receive a Fresnel lens.
    • The shoals off the eastern coast of Nantucket had a long history as a hazard to navigation.
    • The United States government decided in the 1840s that a prominent lighthouse should be erected to alert mariners to that hazard.
    • Congress appropriated $12,000 for its construction in 1848, with additional funds totaling $8,000 in following years.
    • The light went into service in February 1850.
    • The tower is 60 feet (18 m) high; its lower portion is constructed of brick, and its upper part is granite.
    • The light's turning mechanism was powered by a weight-driven brass clockwork,
    • A brick house was built next to the tower at the time of its construction to house the light keeper's family.
    • In 1887 this house was torn down and a new structure was built.
    • Renovations to the tower at the time included installation of a new lantern section, adding some 10 feet (3.0 m) to its height.
    • In 1933 the light was electrified, and the mechanical works to turn it were taken out of service.
    • Its original lens was removed in 1950, and is now at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
    • The light was fully automated in 1965.
    • In 1987, the lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Sankaty Head Light.
    • The 'Sconset Trust acquired the lighthouse in 2007, and had it moved away from the eroding bluff (approximately 400 feet (120 m)) in October of that year.
  • Tide clock has a blue wood frame with dual faced clock.
  • Bottom of clock provides the traditional tide clock showing current tide. Dial provides hours to high tide and to low tide.
  • Top of clock is what makes this time piece truly unique.  A mechanically animated display of the waterline of Long Island Sound rises and falls as the tide goes from high to low.
  • Clock measures 11-in H x 6-1/2-in W x 2-in D
  • Can be displayed free standing or on a wall.
  • Construction: Wood frame, plastic, paper and metal housing.
  • Uses one AA battery - not included.
  • Ships in a gift box with instructions. 
  • Artisan limited warranty: 3 years
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