Navassa Island Light

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Navassa Island Light
The light in 1999
Location Navassa Island, HT
Coordinates 18°24′1″N 75°0′39″W / 18.40028°N 75.01083°W / 18.40028; -75.01083Coordinates: 18°24′1″N 75°0′39″W / 18.40028°N 75.01083°W / 18.40028; -75.01083
Year first constructed 1917
Year first lit 1917
Automated 1929
Deactivated 1996
Foundation Stone
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Conical with buttresses
Markings / pattern Tower: unpainted
lantern: black
Height 162 feet (49 m)
Focal height 395 feet (120 m)
Original lens 2nd order Fresnel lens
Admiralty number formerly J5362
ARLHS number



Navassa Island Light is a deactivated lighthouse on Navassa Island, which lies in the Caribbean Sea at the south end of the Windward Passage between the islands of Haiti to the east and Cuba and Jamaica to the west. It is on the shortest route between the east coast of the United States and the Panama Canal. The light was built in 1917 and deactivated in 1996. The light is gradually deteriorating from lack of maintenance. The keepers' house is roofless and in ruins.[3]

The importance of the light before the advent of GPS is evident in the fact that it has the twelfth highest tower and fourth highest focal plane of all US lights.


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: West Indies / Virgin Islands". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Navassa Island Lighthouse". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  3. ^ a b "Navassa Island". U.S. Geologic Survey.