Derby Wharf Lighthouse is in Salem Massachusetts
No the National Park has not loaned out the little lighthouse at the end of Derby wharf and neither have they added another one next to it. Let me start by showing you the Derby Wharf Lighthouse or what it looked like on a very cold Valentines day at dawn.
Why I’m writing about this is this image printed on a wood backing was purchased from me by a gentleman who used to be a fisherman over in England and today resides near a lighthouse on the coast of (Old) England (versus “New”).
Sue, a woman in Banstead England has been showing my Fine At to her friends and I’ve thusly been sending my New England Photography to England.
Derby Wharf Lighthouse history
Derby Wharf Lighthouse is usually photographed from Derby Wharf which is a part of the Salem Maritime National Historic site in Salem Massachusetts. Derby wharf is named for Elias Hasket (King) Derby (1739-1799) who was one of the richest men in Salem by the time he died in 1799. His father started this wharf in 1762 and was only a third of it’s current length. It wasn’t until 1806, that it would be it’s full length of nearly a half mile out into Salem Harbor.
Derby Warf Lighthouse arrives
It isn’t until 1871 that Derby wharf Lighthouse is built at the end of Salem Wharf. The structure is 12 feet square and stands 20 ft to the top of the cupola. The light used to be power as an oil lamp with a sixth order Fresnel lamp. At the time it was only one of 17 in the country with the 6th order Fresnel lamps.
Today it’s powered by a solar panel with a red lamp and blinks every 6 seconds.
Salem Maritime NHS
There are no formal tours of the lighthouse but I get to go into it every once in a while during the summer. You see I’ve been a seasonal National Park ranger for 2 years at Salem Maritime and this summer will be my 3rd season.
Please stop by this small but critical National Park and when the Park Ranger giving the tour asks, “Did you know this was a National Park?”, You can tell them that in fact this is the first National Historic site in the nation (March 17, 1938) and I guarantee very few people know that.