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New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide
Block Island Southeast Light
Block Island, Rhode Island
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 Location: Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island
Nearest town: New Shoreham
41 09 10 N
71 33 04 W
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Accessibility: Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. The lighthouse can be reached by walking about 30 minutes from the ferry terminal.
If you don't want to walk and don't have a car or bicycle with you, you can hire a taxi.
There is a small museum and gift shop in the lighthouse, and the tower is open for tours in the summer.
Station established: 1875; Present lighthouse built: 1875; Deactivated: 1990; Relighted: 1994
Construction material: Brick
Height of tower: 52 feet; Height of focal plane: 261 feet
Original optic: First-order Fresnel ; Present optic: First-order Fresnel (originally from Cape Lookout Light, NC)
Characteristic: Flashing green every five seconds; Fog signal: One blast every 30 seconds
Other buildings still standing: Keeper's house (attached), two cisterns, garage, storage building, boathouse
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Grounds and buildings maintained by:
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse Foundation
Box 949
Block Island, RI 02807
(401) 466-5009
Related Sites
Block Island Homepage
Block Island Tourism Council
Previous lighthouse: Block Island North Light
Next lighthouse: Point Judith Light
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