Whale Rock Light

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Whale Rock Light
Whale Rock Lighthouse RI.JPG
Whale Rock Light is located in Rhode Island
Whale Rock Light
Coordinates 41°26′37″N 71°25′25″W / 41.44361°N 71.42361°W / 41.44361; -71.42361Coordinates: 41°26′37″N 71°25′25″W / 41.44361°N 71.42361°W / 41.44361; -71.42361
Year first constructed 1882
Year first lit 1882
Deactivated Destroyed by the Hurricane of 1938
Foundation Bedrock
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
ARLHS number USA-883
USCG number 1-19090

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Whale Rock Light was a sparkplug lighthouse marking Whale Rock, a dangerous island in the entrance to the West Passage into Narragansett Bay.

The lighthouse was built on the rock in 1882, but the Hurricane of 1938 destroyed it, killing the keeper. Part of the lighthouse foundation remains and the remains of the lighthouse are underwater nearby.[1][2] The rock is now marked by Whale Rock Lighted Gong Buoy 3.[3]