Saturday, January 28, 2012

0123. USA - West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (US Coast Guard LH Series-1990)

West Quoddy Head stands on the Easternmost point of the USA and the closest point to Europe from a point in the fifty US States.  This is one of the best known of all the American Lighthouse(s) as well as a familiar symbol of Maine Coast.  The Lighthouse is located South of Lubec.  The Lighthouse overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and USA.

USPS commemorated the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (State of Maine - US Eastern Coast) by the release of  25c stamp on 26-Apr-1990 in its US Coast Guard Lighthouse Stamp Series-1990.

The 1990 Lighthouse Stamp series is to commemorate the US Coast Guard Bicentennial and US Lighthouse Service and also the series represented one Lighthouse from each of the main coastal regions in the United States.

Built in the year 1858, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND brick
  • Tower is painted with narrow RED and WHITE stripes
  • This Tower painting pattern is unique in US
  • Lantern painted BLACK with RED roof
  • Height is 15 metres
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is 2 (two) FLASHES every 15 seconds

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