Boston Light marks 300th anniversary

jpg-brewsterislandWhen the Boston Lighthouse was first lit 300 years ago today, sailors called on New England ports in wooden ships, pirates roamed the Atlantic Coast and the 13 colonies were under the British crown. The light, which still guides mariners around Boston Harbor’s shoals, was the first of thousands of American Aids to Navigation (ATON) that have saved lives, protected property and enabled prosperity for the last three centuries. Located on Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts, nine nautical miles from Boston, the lighthouse was first lit on Sept. 14, 1716, using tallow candles. Today, the Boston Light has two 2 million candlepower lights that can be seen from 27 nautical miles away. Read the rest here 16:45