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JEFFREY'S HOOK ("THE LITTLE RED") LIGHT

State: NEW YORK
Location: HUDSON RIVER UNDER GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE
Nearest City: MANHATTAN
County: NEW YORK
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1889
Jeffrey's Hook Light
NPS Photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1997
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1921 (AT THIS LOCATION)
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1947 - 2002
  • Automated: N/A
  • Foundation Materials: IRON/CONCRETE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED WITH WHITE LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: N/A
  • Tower Height: 40
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, RED ACETYLENE
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1921
  • Present Optic: 300MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2002
  • Height of Focal Plane: 61
Previous Tower(s):
  • Construction Date: 1889
  • Description: TWO STAKES WITH FIXED RED LIGHTS
  • Fate/Disposition: REMOVED
Modern Tower? NO, BUT WARNING BEACONS ON GW BRIDGE

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO

Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION IN FORT WASHINGTON PARK

Owner/Manager: CITY OF NEW YORK/PARKS & RECREATION

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

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED Reference # 79003130
Name of Listing: JEFFREY'S HOOK LIGHTHOUSE (HUDSON RIVER LIGHTHOUSES TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1991

Miscellaneous:
TOWER CONSTRUCTED IN 1880 AS NORTH HOOK BEACON AT SANDY HOOK, NJ; MOVED TO PRESENT LOCATION 1921; CITY LANDMARK STATUS 1991; IMMORTALIZED IN HILDEGARDE H. SWIFT'S THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE AND THE GREAT GRAY BRIDGE; RELIT AS PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION SEPT 2002



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