Borden Flats Lighthouse Online Auction

bordens.jpgOn July 7th, the federal real estate agents aka the General Services Administration (GSA) opened a online auction for Lighthouse Dreamers with deep pockets able to bid on Borden Flats Lighthouse, 50-foot high white conical cast iron Tower located in the mouth of the Taunton River, Massachusetts.

Any Lighthouse Dreamer can place a $10,000 opening online bid at the GSA auction of Borden Flats Lighthouse web site. The Notice of Online Auction for Borden Flats Lighthouse outlines the terms of sale, bid instructions, and a Bid Registration Form. Bidders must allow access to the Coast Guard to maintain their Light and Fog Signal and to the National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration (NOAA) for monitoring and maintaining their antennae.

For legal occupancy of the submerged land beneath the Lighthouse, the winning Bidder needs to obtain a Chapter 91 license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The Lighthouse must be restored and maintained in accordance to federal and state regulations

*Lighthouse Background:

In 1881, Borden Flats Light was built to replace a stone Daymark that marked a dangerous shoal and reef known as Borden Flats in the mouth of the Taunton River to protect the increased shipping traffic to one of the textile capitals in the nation.

Borden Flats was named after the Borden family, a prominent Fall River family who founded the city with Col. Church in 1803. Fall River is renowned as the home town of Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted of the notorious ax murders of her father, Andrew and stepmother, Abby Borden on August 4, 1892. The Victorian Greek Revival home of Lizzie Borden is currently a Bed & Breakfast with a Museum.

Borden Flats Light was automated in 1963. The Fourth-order Fresnel Lens was replaced by a modern 250 mm plastic lens in 1977 and the Fog Bell was replaced by a modern electronic fog horn in 1983.

The Lighthouse, located near the Braga Bridge (I-195) over the Taunton River, is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. A distant view of Borden Flats Light can be seen from Battleship Cove, the home port of Battleship Massachusetts and The Marine Museum at Fall River.

In September 2006, the Lighthouse became available for adoption by any local group able to preserve the Borden Flats Light according to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

*Map Location:
Google Map of Borden Flats Lighthouse.

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on July 25, 2008, in Auction, Preservation News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Hi Vince,

    Thank you for sailing into our New England digital harbor and commenting on the news. Borden Flats Light is located 1,600-feet offshore which hopefully, will reduce the cost of transporting restoration materials to the Lighthouse for the new owner(s).

    P.S. I did review your excellent travel guide and added your link to my Blogroll.

  2. Nice article. Also nice to see that they have given the light house a second chance. Hopefully someone will take care of it.

  3. Hi Eric “Speedcat Hollydale,”

    😀 You may need your Lighthouse in high heels if the water table is punctured. 😉

    The 0007 Lighthouse is winking and blinking the following morse code, spend millions to repair me!

    I accidentally discovered the same exact post via a pingback to link farm site that included a link to the secret post. A time consuming process to track down these posts and notify their Host every time this happens.

  4. How odd to see the same exact post … is this a secret meme linkenstienner post for 0007??

  5. Well … alls well that ends well! Speaking of wells, one need not drill deep tp puncture the water-table-css of Lizzi Boraden Flats. I like my lightjouses in high heels, but that’s just me.

    This would make for a terrific 0007 clubhouse, fully equipped with jet ski and rocket boats. Hee Haww!!

    I say … i , i say … th th th that’s a vari nice properteeeeee

  6. I appreciate your response. Thank you. I was following the style of one of my favorite blogs. I will be more careful in the future. Good blog, BTW.

  7. Hi Mondo Lizzie,

    Thank you for adding my credit. Unfortunately, there have been too many sites and blogs that do not clearly credit the original author and the word, “Link” at the bottom of the story wasn’t identified.

    I have changed my first comment to strike out Digital Desperado and noted that the issue has been resolved.

  8. I did give you credit. Below the story is the link to your site. I will gladly add your name to the top of the story. I am sorry for the mistake. I am not a digital desperado. ReallY!

  9. Apparently, a Digital Desperado called Mondo Lizzie Borden has copied my post without giving me or my blog credit in violation of my Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

    The link is: http://lizzieandrewborden.com/MondoLizzie/2008/07/25/borden-flats-lighthouse-is-for-sale/

    and Mondo Lizzie Borden copyrighted my post as follows, “Copyright © 2003-2006 . All rights reserved.” at their site.

    Thankfully, the issue has been resolved and Mondo Lizzie is NOT a Digital Desperado.

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