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BEAVERTAIL LIGHT

State: RHODE ISLAND
Location: CONANICUT ISLAND / NARAGANSETT BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: JAMESTOWN
County: NEWPORT
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1749


Beavertail Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1998
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1856
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1972
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER/ROCK CRIB
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL W/ BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 45
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1856
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1991
  • Height of Focal Plane: 68
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM IN
  • ASST KEEPERS
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (MOVED TO MAIN SHORE)
  • Fog Signal Type: AIR OPERATED SIREN/ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1856
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: (ATTACHED)
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/STUCCO
Other Structures: ASSISTANT KEEPERS (1898), OIL HOUSE, GARAGE, STORAGE BUILDING, RADIOBEACON

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO TOWN OF JAMESTOWN/BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #77000024
Name of Listing: BEAVERTAIL LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF RHODE ISLAND)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
3RD TOWER ON THE SITE; 3RD LIGHT STATION TO BE BUILT IN U.S.; STATION USED FOR NUMEROUS FOG SIGNAL EXPERIMENTS; SIGNALS HAVE INCLUDED BELL, HORNS, WHISTLE, TRUMPETS, FOGHORN MOUNTED ON FOUNDATION OF 18TH CENTURY TOWER; MUSEUM IN ASST. KEEPERS (1898)



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