Cold Spring Harbor Light
|Cold Spring Harbor Light|
|Location||Entrance of Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island|
Active aid Coordinates:
|Year first lit||1890|
|Foundation||Cast iron/concrete caisson|
|Tower shape||Skeletal/Orig square pyramidal|
|Height||Original: 35 feet (11 m) tower on caisson, 44 feet (13 m) above sea level
Current: 37 feet (11 m)
|Original lens||Fourth order, Fresnel|
|Range||Current: 7 miles (11 km)|
|Characteristic||Original:Fixed red light, Orig White w/black lantern
Current: Fl. White w/fixed red sector
Cold Spring Harbor Light was a lighthouse located in Cold Spring Harbor on the North shore of Long Island. It was built in 1890 to mark a shoal at the entrance to Cold Spring Harbor. After the lighthouse was deactivated in 1965, the original light and tower were purchased by a private individual and moved to its current location on land, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southwest. An automated light tower and day beacon were erected on the original caisson, and continue to serve as a navigation aid.
- 1875, March 3: $20,000 was appropriated for the construction of the light.
- 1889 Construction of the light was started.
- 1890 The finished lighthouse was built on a caisson in Cold Spring Harbor.
- 1890, January 31: The light was first lit.
- 1919 An inspection of the light revealed $12,800 in damage was done to the light by ice.
- 1929 The light was refitted with an oil vapor lamp.
- 1965 The light was severely damaged after a collision with what local experts believed to be a disoriented humpback whale. As a result of the exorbitant costs to repair the structure, the light was deactivated. A local resident saved the light from destruction by purchasing the light for $1 and moving it to her property where the light still resides.
- Scroope's description
- Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse - from Lighthousefriends.com
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.