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Tidepieces by Alan Winick - Marblehead Light Massachusetts - Tide Clock - Mellow Monkey

Tidepieces by Alan Winick - Marblehead Light Massachusetts - Tide Clock

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  • Handcrafted by local artisan, Alan Winick, this tide clock has the image of Marblehead Light and the ocean tide that rises and falls as the actual tide in your location goes from high to low.
    • Marblehead Light is situated on Marblehead Neck in Essex County, Massachusetts.
    • The current tower is a skeletal structure that replaced the original 1835 brick and wood tower in 1895.
    • It is the only tower of its type in New England, the next similar tower is to be found at Coney Island, New York.
    • The United States Coast Guard Light List description is "Square skeleton tower; brown to gallery; black above".
    • The actual light is 130 feet (40 m) above Mean High Water. Its fixed green light is visible for 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi).
    • In August 1831, the townspeople of Marblehead requested that a lighthouse be built at the entrance to the harbor. Congress granted the wish and a 23-foot (7m) high tower was built in 1835 and commissioned on October 10, 1835.
    • This tower had an array of ten whale oil burning lamps inside an octagonal lantern.
    • In 1857, the old lamp system was replaced by a sixth order Fresnel lens and reflectors. Despite the upgrade and work on the tower and associated keepers' house, the tower itself was in a poor condition and by 1893 a new light was requested.
    • The new light was completed in 1895 at a cost of $8,786, the cost being much reduced by using a skeletal frame rather than rebuilding the old tower.
    • This new light consisted of eight cast iron piles on concrete foundations.
    • The light was a sixth order Fresnel lens with a kerosene lamp. It was first illuminated on 17 April 1896 as a fixed white light.
    • Later in 1922 it was changed to fixed red and then in 1938 to fixed green.
    • In 1960, the light was automated and a new 300 millimetres (12 in) optic was installed
  • 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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