Fort Wadsworth Light

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Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light is located in New York
Fort Wadsworth Light
Location East Verrazano Narrows on Staten Island
Coordinates 40°36′21″N 74°3′14″W / 40.60583°N 74.05389°W / 40.60583; -74.05389Coordinates: 40°36′21″N 74°3′14″W / 40.60583°N 74.05389°W / 40.60583; -74.05389
Year first constructed 1903
Year first lit 1903
Deactivated 1965
Foundation Fort's parapet
Construction Brick
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern Red Brick
Height 15 feet (4.6 m)
Focal height 75 feet (23 m)
Original lens Fourth Order Fresnel lens
Range 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)
Fog signal Bell
ARLHS number USA-301 [1]

Fort Wadsworth Light is a 1903 lighthouse built atop Battery Weed on Staten Island in New York Harbor. The light illuminates the Narrows, the entrance to the harbor. It is located under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Fort Wadsworth Light was part of the transfer of Fort Wadsworth from the Navy to the National Park Service in March 1995 as part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Its light was visible for 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi). The lantern was possibly moved from Fort Tompkins Light in 1903. When the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in 1965 the lighthouse became obsolete. Dark for many years, it was restored and converted to solar power by volunteers in 2005.[2]


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