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GREAT BEDS LIGHT

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: RARITAN RIVER
Nearest City: TOTTENVILLE, NY
County: MIDDLESEX
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1880


Great Beds Light Station
NPS photo by Jennifer Perunko, September 2003.
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1880
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1945
  • Foundation Materials: CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON / BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE TOWER AND LANTERN ON BLACK PIER
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 47 FT
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1880
  • Present Optic: RED 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 61 FT
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: NONE / ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1880
    Number of Stories: 5 (5TH IS THE WATCHROOM)
    Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON / BRICK
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: NONE

Miscellaneous:
DURING THE 1940S THE LENS SAT ON A PLATFORM ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF THE LANTERN ROOF.



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