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FIRE ISLAND LIGHT

State: NEW YORK
Location: FIRE ISLAND INLET / LONG ISLAND
Nearest City: WEST ISLIP
County: SUFFOLK
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1827


Fire Island Light
Photo courtesy of Ted Smith, September 2002
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1974-1986
  • Automated: 1986
  • Foundation Materials: GRANITE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK ENCASED IN CEMENT
  • Markings/Patterns: FOUR BLACK & WHITE BANDS
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 168
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1858
  • Present Optic: DCB-224
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1986
  • Height of Focal Plane: 180
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: 1858 HENRI LEPAUTE LENS IN STORAGE AT FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, PHILADELPHIA
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1859
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUTCH COLONIAL
  • Construction Materials: DRESSED STONE
Other Structures: BOATHOUSE, REMAINS OF TRAM RAILS

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / FIRE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC

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

Web Sites: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #81000082
Name of Listing: FIRE ISLAND LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
IMPORTANT FOR TRAFFIC BETWEEN NEW YORK AND EUROPE; LIGHT DISPLAYED ON NEARBY WATER TOWER 1974-1986; TOWER ONCE CONNECTED TO DWELLING BY COVERED WALKWAY



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