Hams Bluff Light

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Hams Bluff Light
Hams Bluff Light (historic photo)
Hams Bluff Light is located in the Virgin Islands
Hams Bluff Light
Hams Bluff Light
Location Saint Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands
Coordinates 17°46′9.0″N 64°52′15.1″W / 17.769167°N 64.870861°W / 17.769167; -64.870861Coordinates: 17°46′9.0″N 64°52′15.1″W / 17.769167°N 64.870861°W / 17.769167; -64.870861
Year first constructed 1915 (first)
Year first lit 2010 (current)
Deactivated 2010
Foundation concrete basement
Construction cast iron tower (first)
metal skeletal tower (current)
Tower shape conical frustum tower with balcony and lantern (first)
square prism skeletal tower (current)
Markings / pattern white tower (current)
Height 35 feet (11 m) (first)
30 feet (9.1 m)(current)
Focal height 394 feet (120 m) (current)
Range 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 30s.
Admiralty number J5640
NGA number 14656
ARLHS number VIR-001
USCG number 32845
Managing agent United States Navy[1]

The Hams Bluff Light is an historic lighthouse on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. It was first lit in 1915 under the Danish Government. It was since transferred to the United States Lighthouse Service and later came under the jurisdiction of the United States Coast Guard. The historic tower has been abandoned; the beacon is now mounted on an adjacent new truss tower. The light displays two white flashes every 30 seconds at a focal plane of 394 feet (120 m).[2]


Hams Bluff Light, 2014
Beacon on new truss tower, 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hams Bluff The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 August 2016
  2. ^ NOAA Nautical Chart 25644 "Frederksted Road"

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