Old Orchard Shoal Light
|Year first constructed||1893|
|Year first lit||1893|
|Foundation||Concrete/Cast Iron Caisson|
|Tower shape||Conical "Spark Plug"|
|Markings / pattern||lower half brown, upper half white , on black pier|
|Height||35 feet (11 m)|
|Focal height||51 feet (16 m)|
|Original lens||Fourth Order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||9.8 inches (250 mm)|
|Range||W 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)
R 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)
|Characteristic||Fl W 6s (Red from 087 deg to 203 deg|
|Fog signal||Removed/ Original air siren and horn|
Orchard Shoal Light Station, Old
|Nearest city||Staten Island, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||US Lighthouse Board|
|Governing body||U.S. Coast Guard|
|NRHP Reference #||06000864|
|Added to NRHP||September 20, 2006|
Before moving on to Governor's Island and then finally Coney Island Light, Frank Schubert, said to be the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States, was stationed at Old Orchard Shoal Light.
Gedney Channel/Lower New York Bay, 3.5 miles south of New Dorp Beach. Remote 35 ft. conical, 3-story “spark plug” style light (1893) with keeper’s quarters (approx. 1000 SF). Interior lined in brick up to 3rd floor. On 0.72 acre submerged land. Constructed of cast iron on concrete/cast iron caisson. Markings: white upper/black. Protective riprap and breakwater sheltering light’s boat basin. Accessible by boat only."
No group was identified under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act as willing and able to preserve the Old Orchard Shoal Light, and on June 5, 2008, the General Services Administration placed the light up for sale via an auction. The initial bid was $10,000 and the light finally closed on August 27, 2008 at a final bid of $235,000.
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 297.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- ARLHS World List of Lights
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Annual report of the Light-House Board to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1893, Treasury Department, Document No 1647
- National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's Inventory of Historic Light Stations
- National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's Inventory of NY Historic Light Stations
- Available properties through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program for 2007
- GSA listing (1-PR-08-005) for Old Orchard Shoal[dead link]
- "Old Orchard Shoal Light Is No More", Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee, blog post November 9, 2012.
- USCG 'Local Notice to Mariners" week 44/12, LLNR 35395 states "Structure Destroyed"