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Station established: 1829; Present lighthouse built: 1868
Automated: 1956; Discontinued: 1973; Relighted: 1989.
Light removed to a skeletal tower in 2003.
Lighthouse relighted as a private aid to navigation in October 2010.
Characteristic: Flashing white every five seconds.
Optics: Seven oil lamps and 16-inch parabolic reflectors
(1829); Fourth order Fresnel (1868)
Construction material: Granite, iron; Height of tower: 55
feet; Height of focal plane: 58 feet
Other buildings still standing: Two storage buildings
Location: Sandy Point, north end of Block Island
Nearest town: New Shoreham
41 13 40 N
71 34 33 W
Accessibility: Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith,
RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. The lighthouse is a long walk from
the ferry terminal; a car or bicycle is recommended, or you can hire a
taxi. Reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20
minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach. There is an interpretive
center in the first floor of the building.
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